Grants for non-profits to face Y2K problems – US only

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 Researching massive growth in giving.  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis When the Millennium Bug bites, who is going to pick up the pieces of the social disruptions caused? Doubtless charities and non-profit organisations will be called upon. For this reason, the Center for Y2K & Society has announced a grants programme to fund preparation for such eventualities.When the Millennium Bug bites, who is going to pick up the pieces of the social disruptions caused? Doubtless charities and non-profit organisations will be called upon. For this reason, the Center for Y2K & Society has announced a grants programme to fund preparation for such eventualities.The grants are available only to US organisations and are intended “to support foundations and nonprofit organizations working to prepare communities for potential disruptions caused by the Y2K computer date problem.” If a UK source of funding for Y2K preparedness by charities becomes available, UK Fundraising will let you know. Advertisement Grants for non-profits to face Y2K problems – US only Howard Lake | 7 June 1999 | News read more

PSG v Barcelona preview: David Luiz in contention to boost PSG hopes

first_imgTeam news, manager quotes, match facts and odds for the Champions League quarter-final between PSG and Barcelona.BACKGROUND Paris St Germain will look to overcome the absence of key players including striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona.PSG are buoyant after strong domestic performances last week having beaten bitter Ligue 1 rivals Olympique de Marseille 3-2, thrashed St Etienne 4-1 in the French Cup semi-finals, and won the League Cup final 4-0 against Bastia on Saturday.The two teams have met regularly recently in the Champions League, with PSG beating Barca 3-2 at home in a Group F game this season before losing 3-1 at the Nou Camp.Barca reached the 2013 semi-finals by eliminating PSG on away goals, drawing 1-1 at home after a 2-2 stalemate in Paris. Barca’s Brazil right back Dani Alves is suspended for Wednesday’s game, with Adriano or Martin Montoya likely to replace him in the starting line-up. TEAM NEWSPSG are without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and injured midfielder Thiago Motta, who picked up a thigh injury in their recent Ligue 1 encounter with Olympique de Marseille.However, PSG’s Brazil centre back David Luiz could return to action after being named in the squad having recovered from a hamstring problem. Dani Alves is suspended for the visiting side.Thomas Vermaelen travelled with the squad to Barca, but is unlikely to feature. There remains speculation Neymar could be dropped from the Barca starting team. MANAGER QUOTESLaurent Blanc: “Do I feel a new momentum? It’s been the case for a while. We worked physically (during the winter break) and today, in money time (the latter stages), we’re good. We are gaining momentum while last year at the same time we were on the way down.”Luis Enrique: “Alves is an important player for us, as evidenced by the amount of minutes he plays. However, we have a large squad and the options I have available to me offer me reassurances that Dani Alves’ absence will not condition how we play. I like everything about my team; that’s why we are where we are.”MATCH FACTSPSG are the only team who have managed to beat Barcelona in this Champions League season, as well as the only one able to score 3+ goals against the Spanish side since the 2013/14 edition. Barcelona have won six consecutive games in this competition for the first time since 2011/12, scoring 2.5 goals per game on average in the process.This will be the third Champions League quarterfinal played between these two sides: the French team progressed in the 1994/95 season while the Spanish one made it through the semifinal in 2012/13.Each of the six Champions League clashes between these two sides have seen both teams finding the net, with exactly 10 goals scored apiece.Barcelona have found the back of the net in all the last 18 European games against a French opponent, while PSG have failed to score only once over the last 13 meetings in Europe versus a Spanish side.However, Barcelona are yet to win a European game away to France since October 2001 against Lyon: since then, the Spanish have drawn three games and lost one. Barcelona will play the Champions League quarterfinals stage for the 18th time in their history: Luis Enrique’s side have progressed 9 times, including seven of the last eight times they’ve reached this round.On the other hand, PSG have stepped into this stage three times previously, failing to progress in the last two editions of the competition (2012/13 and 2013/14).The French side have conceded the most goals (10) in this Champions League among the eight teams left on the battle field.17 of Barcelona’s 18 goals scored in this Champions League have come from open play, a competition-high this season.David Luiz’s goal on the 30th of September 2014 was the only one scored by a defender in the Champions League meetings between these two teams since 1995. Lionel Messi has scored 43 goals this season in all competitions, reaching 40+ goals in a single campaign for the sixth time in a row with Barcelona.The Argentinian has scored 20 goals and assisted 13 in his 19 appearances for Barcelona in 2015 (all competitions). PSG have lost none of the 17 games this season (all competitions) in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic have not been in the starting eleven, winning 12 and drawing five.–last_img read more

JoAnn Parsons, 80, Oxford: April 28, 1933 – Aug. 10, 2013 (updated)

first_imgJo Ann ParsonsJoAnn Parsons, 80, died August 10, 2013, at her childhood home and residence with her husband, Darl of Geuda Springs for the past 45 years. She was born April 28, 1933, in Winfield, Kansas, the daughter of John L. and Ivah M. (Notestine) Paton.A resident of the Oxford area her entire life; She was a graduate of Oxford High School in 1951. JoAnn attended Emporia State Teachers College for one year. She was employed by the Oxford Bank and the Oxford and Geuda Springs Post Office for many years as well as a devoted wife and mother. Jo Ann enjoyed fishing, bird watching and loved nature.On May 2, 1953, she married Darl Parsons. He survives. Other survivors include her sister Ila Skinner of Belle Plaine; two daughters Judi Parsons of Independence, MO and Barbara (Steven) Dietz of Merriam, KS; son, Scott Parsons of Wichita and two grandchildren; Brian Parsons and Joshua Parsons both of Overland Park with two great-grandchildren, Edie Parsons and Graham Parsons, nephews, Jerry Skinner and Ron Hilfinger and neice, Margo Hilfinger.She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lovina Hilfinger and son, Mike Parsons.Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, August 24th at the Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford. A memorial has been established with the Chapin Nature Center in Arkansas City, KS. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Service, 104 N. Sumner, Oxford, KS 67119. www.oxfordfuneralservice.comlast_img read more

The Chelsea v Blackburn quiz

first_imgChelsea and Blackburn Rovers meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-28]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Warriors report: Champs trying to find an offensive flow

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s matchup against the Mavericks.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.The champs are trying to improve ball movement.After the Warriors’ 108-103 loss to the Jazz Monday evening, Warriors coach Steve Kerr criticized the team’s lack of ball movement. While the Warriors rank fourth in the league in passes per game (309.8) and first (27.6) assists per game, they’ve been averaging just 289.5 passes …last_img

Spiders Play Silk Harps

first_imgSpider webs are so finely-tuned, they are like musical instruments that the creatures can strum or listen to.Here’s an article showing how science can be reported without Darwinese. In “Tuning the instrument: Spider webs as vibration transmission structures,” PhysOrg reports work on spider webs by scientists from Madrid and Oxford. The emphasis is on the fine-tuning of spider webs for sensing vibrations as a source of information to the spider. The article treats a spider web as a virtual musical instrument:Two years ago, a research team led by the University of Oxford revealed that, when plucked like a guitar string, spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies, carrying information about prey, mates and even the structural integrity of a web.Now, a new collaboration between Oxford and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has confirmed that spider webs are superbly tuned instruments for vibration transmission – and that the type of information being sent can be controlled by adjusting factors such as web tension and stiffness….Spiders carefully engineer their webs out of a range of silks to control web architecture, tension and stiffness, analogous to constructing and tuning a musical instrument.The scientists used lasers to measure the frequency responses of webs, even detecting ultra-fine vibrations. Then, they used computer models to relate the vibrations to the web material. The short PhysOrg article mentions “tuning” five times, once saying “superbly tuned” and once saying “highly tuned” of the webs. The spiders behave like tiny acoustical engineers, if not craftsmen of fine musical instruments:These new observations propose that the spider can use behaviour and silk properties to control the function of its web instrument. These control mechanisms could alter vibration filtering, as well as orientation to and discrimination of vibration sources in the web.Scientists are not attributing aesthetic sensibilities to spiders, of course, but they do find it remarkable how spiders can fine-tune their structures to maximize information. One researcher seems to get a little emotionally involved in the wonder of the phenomenon he studies:Professor Fritz Vollrath, Head of the Oxford Silk Group, added: ‘It is down to the interaction of the web materials, a range of bespoke web silks, and the spider with its highly tuned behaviour and armoury of sensors that allows this virtually blind animal to operate in a gossamer world of its own making, without vision and only relying on feeling. Perhaps the web spider can teach us something new about virtual vision.’ Another type of spider doesn’t spin webs, but uses silk ingeniously in another way. It’s the trapdoor spider. Inhabiting North America, Asia, Africa and Australia, these spiders dig crypts with hidden doors, hinged with silk so that they can open them quickly. Special silk “tripwires” help them sense vibrations from passing insects. Though sitting silently in the dark most of their long lives (up to 20 years), trapdoor spiders can sense the vibrations above ground and discriminate prey from other sources. A cricket or ant doesn’t stand a chance with the predator’s quick door-opening and capture action. Good thing these creatures are not human sized! It would be a nightmare scenario to be pulled into the dark by a vicious predator, stabbed and injected with poison, waiting to be eaten.Science Daily discusses the trapdoor spiders of Australia. Because they are so well hidden, nobody knows how many species there are. A PhD student at Griffith University is studying them. He mentions evolution, but not with any evidence or understanding:Mr [Jeremy] Wilson wants to delve further into how the species and its trapdoors have evolved.“If we know why evolution occurs and why different species occur then we can predict how things like climate change and deforestation could affect these spiders in the future.“There’s so much work that needs to be done and it’s important work because these spiders get overlooked. They live in trapdoors and no one sees them.”Though people may find them scary, Wilson adds that trapdoor spiders “have an important role to play in the ecosystem” as the top invertebrate predators in the food chain. We don’t want too many ants, crickets and flies around, do we?Update 9/07/16: Scientists are looking to spider webs for new materials that can attenuate sound. PhysOrg reports that European scientists noticed how the concentric rings of the webs absorb different frequencies. Here’s how to design a new, lightweight soundproofing material:The acoustic advantages of the spider web arise, at least in part, from the concentric circles, or “rings,” of the web. These rings resonate at a particular frequency when exposed to vibrations. Based on this natural architecture, the researchers designed the acoustic metamaterial to have square units containing resonating rings with supporting ligaments that radiate outward from the center of the rings. The design could be incorporated into many diverse man-made structures.Five parameters would allow acoustic engineers to finely tune the materials for best absorption. Their “bio-inspired design” could apply from the small scale to large scale, including attenuation of seismic waves.Does anyone need to hear a story about how these creatures “evolved” their skills? Would that add anything to understanding? Look, biologists: just study the phenomenon, describe the design and its function, and help the world learn more about these amazing creatures. A scientist doesn’t have to mention God or creation or even get rhapsodic. The listener can draw his or her own conclusions. What’s useless and harmful is to spin stories, blow fogma, and force-fit observations into a secular materialist ideology. The first article set a good example. The second was OK until the researcher started talking in Darwinese propaganda. (He probably needed to mention evolution and climate change to get his degree.)(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why The Brain Behind Hadoop Left Yahoo

first_imgEarlier this morning the Internet was buzzing with news first reported by The New York Times Bits blog: Doug Cutting was leaving Yahoo. In specific, he was leaving Yahoo for Cloudera, a small startup.Cutting was one of Yahoo’s best and brightest, especially in the area of search and software infrastructure. He got to work on the largest installation of his wildly successful software Hadoop, an open source solution for dealing with huge data sets. Both Yahoo and Cloudera use Hadoop, so the work is the same on the most basic level. Why would he leave to join a 20-person team at a young company?Blame Bing?The gut reaction of many, including Ashlee Vance in her his Bits post, was to speculate about the effect that the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal had. With Bing now in charge and Yahoo search gutted, was it the reason behind Cutting’s departure?In a phone conversation, Cloudera CEO Mike Olson staunchly denied any connection with the deal. He stated that the discussions with Yahoo about Cuttings move predated the search deal announcement. While Yahoo representatives were unavailable to confirm the claim, Yahoo will definitely continue to do much of the work with Hadoop that was Cutting’s job, even if Bing is now front-and-center. In other words, the deal doesn’t affect him that drastically. But if it wasn’t the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal that caused Cutting to depart, then what was it? The Question of ScaleBoth Yahoo and Cloudera use Hadoop for mission critical work. The latter built an entire business around it, and for Yahoo it’s become key to their operations. The difference is in scale. In his blog post explaining the move, Cutting specifically states that he joined Yahoo in order to get the resources needed to scale the system so it could process the full Web. Today, Yahoo uses what it claims is the largest implementation of Hadoop in the world, and a lot of work that goes into it revolves around the scaling problems that so many clusters bring. Cloudera, on the other hand, is a relatively young startup working with a greater variety of clients. “Going forward, Cloudera presents an opportunity to work with a wider range of Hadoop users,” Cutting said.A Proving Ground for HadoopWorking with Cloudera might mean working on a smaller scale, but it presents the opportunity just about every passionate developer wants: an exciting (and potentially profitable) proving ground for their work. And while Cutting lauded his peers at Yahoo, he’s moving on to work with ex-Google and Facebook engineers, some of the best minds in the business. That kind of proving ground is the appeal that a startup like Cloudera has for a developer like Cutting, and it’s what serial entrepreneurs get addicted to. Photo by Tim Bray, via Wikipedia Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillHow can Personal Financial Management Program staff encourage eliminating duplicate/redundant expenses? When working with military families, Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can help service members reduce monthly expenses by pointing out possible redundant expenses. Such expenses may include cell phone service versus a land line telephone, cell phone Internet versus home computer Internet, postage stamps for bills versus online bill paying, and an automobile loan versus public transportation.An elimination of one expense over the other can yield savings for the service member. Of course, prior to canceling an expense, service members should consider the pros and cons of all expenses and inquire with the service provider whether there are any early termination fees.Find more military personal finance blog posts and webinars here.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on February 11, 2013.last_img read more

Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brazilian soccer star Neymar speaks during a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).(AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Neymar is expected to make his much-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the small Brittany town of Guingamp after French football authorities finally received his international transfer certificate.The French Football Federation received the document from its Spanish counterpart on Friday, more than a week after PSG signed the Brazilian from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The French football league then told The Associated Press the ITC was submitted by the federation, and Neymar’s transfer would be ratified later Friday, clearing the way for him to play at Guingamp on Sunday.The hold-up prevented Neymar from making his PSG debut last Saturday against Amiens after completing his world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPSG wanted Neymar to start the season at its Parc des Princes home but his debut was delayed because of the paperwork issues. Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday but could only watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.Barcelona said there was nothing strange about the situation and the wait was due to the banks. Just a few hours before the French federation said it had received the ITC, the 222 million euros was made available in Barcelona’s accounts. LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant apologizes for India comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Barcelona denied speculation that slowed down the process in retaliation for PSG luring one of its biggest stars out of the Camp Nou. Barcelona said it had been waiting on the banks to complete the transaction for the massive amount of money.PSG coach Unai Emery has yet to announce his squad for the trip to Guingamp, but wants Neymar to be playing.“We all want him to start playing,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “We want him in the squad, and in the starting 11. He has trained well, and we have also worked on tactical aspects and set-pieces. He is ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimeslast_img read more

Punjab govt announces Rs 25 lakh for Hockey India team

first_imgAfter the outrage over Hockey India’s meagre incentives to the victorious hockey players, state governments are showing the way.   Even as the Union Sports Ministry washed its hands off the entire episode, the Punjab and Maharashtra state governments have announced bigger cash rewards for the players. While Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced Rs 25 lakh for the entire team, the Maharashtra government is giving 10 lakh to Yuvraj Walmiki, a player from the state. The move comes even as the Sports Minister Ajay Maken failed to announce any rewards suggesting they had spent enough on Indian hockey.  In fact, after announcing the reward, the Punjab deputy CM said the Centre should apologise for the shabby treatment of the players after their big win. Hockey India had offered the players a paltry sum of Rs 25,000 for the recently won Asian Champions Trophy, which was refused by the team. The players were offered the money by HI during their felicitation on Tuesday. But the players refused, saying the amount was too less and would not even fetch them a decent playing kit. The Indian team beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a tie-breaker in the finals of the inaugural championship in China. Hockey management in India too is under perennial crisis. Recently, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy from India. Maken was quick to absolve the Sports Ministry of any blame in the matter. He tweeted that the government had nothing to do with the measly reward for the new Asian champions. The Sports Minister tweeted, “Rs 25000 cash award was not announced by Govt but by the Hockey India. Govt spends all the money on training, coaching & foreign exposure.” He went on to tweet that the government has spent almost Rs eight crore on the hockey team in the last six months, Rs 5.97 crore on national coaching camps, Rs 1.75cr on foreign visits and Rs 8.75 lakh on foreign experts.advertisementlast_img read more