Rural projects to benefit from Scotland-wide events

first_img Tagged with: Management Scotland Howard Lake | 21 January 2011 | News The Scottish National Rural Network is organising a series of events in March and April to give people in rural Scotland the chance to visit a community project that is working towards similar goals to their own organisation. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from the experiences of other rural groups.Visits are open to anybody in rural Scotland who is working as part of a project, initiative or enterprise in their local community in one of the five chosen themes. There will be no fee to attend and the Rural Network will provide all meals and overnight accommodation. There will also be some limited support available for travelling expenses.The project visits are:* Environment and Renewable Energy – Comrie Development Trust, Perthshire – Friday 4th March* Tourism – Dunnet Head Educational Trust, Caithness – Tuesday 15th March* Food and Drink – Taste of Arran, Isle of Arran – Thursday 24th March* Village Halls and Community Buildings – Whitsome Ark, Berwickshire – Thursday 31st March* Community Enterprise – The CatStrand, Dumfries & Galloway – Wednesday 6th AprilRural Network Regional Coordinator Matt Tyrer said “Throughout our last series of rural events we discovered a real appetite for the kind of idea sharing that can happen by visiting other projects”.The deadline for applications is 6 February Rural projects to benefit from Scotland-wide events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

Lakers get Lonzo Ball and his ‘special skill’ back in practice

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — The Lakers without Lonzo Ball is like the Rolling Stones without Mick, “Game of Thrones” without dragons, Trader Joe’s without floral shirts.They just aren’t the same.For 10 days, a span that encapsulated three preseason games and a week’s worth of practices, the Lakers were without the thing that made them unique. On Thursday, Ball finally returned to the practice court.He sprinted alongside his teammates and laughed as he heaved half-court shots with fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma. He did everything but participate in the five-on-five scrimmage that closed practice. “It has only been a week but feels a lot longer than that,” he said. “I’m obviously excited to get back on the court.”While Ball was sidelined, the Lakers made do with backups Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso at point guard, a combination that helped them to a win over Sacramento on Sunday in Las Vegas.But the Lakers were missing the intangibles that come with having Ball on the floor.“The thing that makes him special,” Walton said. “That’s the ability to make everyone a threat on the court at all times. Tyler and A.C. have done a nice job filling in, but that’s a special skill he has. We missed that.”If Ball does not play Friday against the Clippers, he will have nearly a week to get ready for the team’s regular-season opener on Oct. 19, against Blake Griffin and the Clippers.WEAR WITH ALLThe Lakers welcomed back a familiar face on Thursday. Former UCLA star Travis Wear was added to the roster, a move that likely signals his return to the Lakers’ development league affiliate, renamed the South Bay Lakers.He averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds with the then-Defenders last season, and contributed 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds to the Lakers’ summer league entry that won the tournament championship in Las Vegas in July.He also participated in Lakers training camp last fall.With Wear on board, the Lakers’ roster stands at 19 players. Wear could be a candidate for the team’s remaining two-way contract. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Felt good,” Ball said. “Obviously still a little bit of discomfort but I’m happy to be out here for the most part (of practice).”Ball and Coach, Luke Walton, still do not know whether Ball has recovered in time to play in Friday’s preseason finale against the Clippers.Thursday’s practice marked the most activity Ball had done since spraining his ankle on Oct. 2 against Denver.“A lot of (whether he plays Friday) will depend on how he feels when he wakes up,” Walton said. “I’m sure he’s going to  be sore later today. We’ll see if there’s any swelling in the morning. There’s not really an answer to be had until tomorrow.”After doing light drills with assistant coach Miles Simon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ball said “nothing has been wrong” with his ankle. The injury, initially described as “mild,” swelled up and restricted Ball’s lateral movement.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Year of atonement

first_imgEven though the Steelers, Colts game Sunday at Heinz Field was billed as “just another meaningless preseason game” ha, ha, ha. It was a tale of almost two halves but it made the argument wide receiver Mike Wallace presents to get more loot for his services a bit stronger, after “Big” Ben Roethlisberger threw an ill-advised pass that was easily picked off. Oh by the way, after that gift the Colts went absolutely nowhere and when the Steelers “D” stopped them cold, Antonio Brown caught a pass that was little more than an extended hand off from Ben Roethlisberger and took the ball “all the way to the house.” As a team the Steelers must take this season all the way to the house in order to begin to make their mark. No one fears the guy that played in your spot last year; it is the guy in the first chair this year that concerns them. Forget about “mystique.” If you do not perform in the NFL, otherwise known as the Not-For-Long league, instead of being part of a collective mystique you might end up being a “mystery” player or the answer to a trivia question that no one knows the answer to. The Steelers have to get rid of the stigma of being beaten by Tim Tebow. More importantly, they must get beyond the stigma of beating themselves.The Steelers can no longer live on past tradition. “Mean” Joe Greene can no longer terrorize opposing quarterbacks. John Stallworth can no longer turn a simple five yard swing pass into a 80 yard touchdown. The scowl of Chuck Noll has been replaced with the sneer of Mike Tomlin.The Steelers had better start seriously rebuilding their defense, just as the Colts are rebuilding their offense. Even though Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft class threw a pair of picks, he still for the most part showed great poise.Everyone seems a bit too concerned about if and when Mike Wallace will again don the Black and Gold. Well Mr. Wallace had better soon make up his mind because the clock is ticking. If Antonio Brown keeps on taking the ball to the house, Wallace might have to do a few back flips and somersaults just to get the bank teller to cash his unemployment check.This was the first victory for the Steelers. Pre-season or not, a win is a win is a win. However, as far as I am concerned the jury is still out on both the offense and defense. Neither side of the ball was exemplary. As a matter-of-fact there still seems to be a lack of experience on the starting left corner side as well as with the safety position.Andrew Luck passed for 175 yards and that is not a good sign being as the Steelers have to face the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers as warm up acts before venturing out to the oxygen deprived city of Denver minus their second best safety Ryan Clark, who by the way will not be playing because he is afflicted with sickle cell disease.What member of the defensive backfield is Peyton Manning going to carve up when the Steelers face Mr. Manning in their first regular season game?The Steelers are a team in search of an identity. They have tried a myriad of offenses and defenses but everything that they attempt has to be based on the personalities and personnel groupings that are available to them. They cannot react and be like the pass happy Colts or the soon to be pass happy Broncos. The Steelers have almost always been throughout their history been trend setters, not trend followers.When Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount first came into the NFL, it was perfectly legal for a defensive back to maintain contact with a receiver until the pass was thrown. Blount was a master of the “bump and run. He regularly stymied Oakland’s ace receivers, Cliff Branch and Fred Biletnikoff, held off Cincinnati’s Isaac Curtis so long his quarterback had to eat the ball and broke the ribs of the Cowboys’ Golden Richards.So the the NFL’s competition committee simply changed the rules, outlawing Mel’s most efficient pass coverage technique. The league soon after outlawed any contact more than five yards beyond the scrimmage line.The rules-makers insisted they were only trying to increase overall scoring all around the league but Steelers coach Chuck Noll disagreed: “They ganged up on us and are trying to win the championship through legislation. But whatever the rules, you have to adjust to them and play with them.”Nobody adjusted more quickly or effectively than Blount. No longer able to usher receivers downfield on his terms, Mel merely played behind them, appearing to be beaten, before swooping in like a starved vulture to deflect the pass or gobble up an interception. When you are the Pittsburgh Steelers they may stack the deck but they can’t play your hand.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Bombers host hoop tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar

first_imgThe Bombers tip-off the tourney Friday afternoon against Nakusp at 2:15 p.m.Fernie meets Mount Sentinle in Pool B play at 4 p.m. before the Bombers tangle with the Storm at 6:30 p.m. School has resumed and so has the High School Basketball season at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.LVR kick off 2017 by hosting the Bombers Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.Five teams, Nakusp Cougars, Fernie Falcons, Mount Sentinel Wildcats, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Osoyoos Rattlers,  join the host Bombers in this annual event.last_img read more

Your Motor/Generators Are 100% Efficient

first_imgATP synthase astounds again.  The molecular machine that generates almost all the ATP (molecular “energy pellets”) for all life was examined by Japanese scientists for its thermodynamic efficiency.  By applying and measuring load on the top part that synthesizes ATP, they were able to determine that one cannot do better at getting work out of a motor – a motor that is also a generator. The rotating part of the two-part machine, named F0, is embedded in the membrane, running on the proton motive force delivered by upstream machines in the electron transport chain.  These scientists concentrated on the catalytic part of the machine, named F1, with its six lobes synthesizing three ATP per revolution (for information and animation, see CMI). Writing in PNAS,1 Toyabe et al. had nothing to say about evolution but a lot to say about machine efficiency: We found that the maximum work performed by F1-ATPase per 120° step is nearly equal to the thermodynamical maximum work that can be extracted from a single ATP hydrolysis under a broad range of conditions. Our results suggested a 100% free-energy transduction efficiency and a tight mechanochemical coupling of F1-ATPase… The coincidence between the maximum work performed by F1-motor during the 120° rotation (Wstall) and the chemical free energy change of an ATP hydrolysis (Δμ) suggests that F1-motor serves as a highly efficient mechanochemical free-energy transducer of FoF1-ATP synthase at almost 100% thermodynamic efficiency. For such a high efficiency to be achieved, a tight mechanochemical coupling is expected, that is, one ATP is hydrolyzed during every hydrolytic-direction step, whereas one ATP is synthesized during every synthetic direction step. The article was edited by noted Harvard expert on the bacterial flagellum, Howard Berg.  The authors used machine language repeatedly, calling ATP synthase a “nanosized biological energy transducer,” a “reversible motor/generator,” a device that runs on electricity, generates torque, and performs work just like man-made machines do – only at an efficiency humans cannot come close to matching.  Most interesting was their term “reversible motor/generator.”  ATP synthase is a motor when synthesizing ATP, because the electrically-induced rotation of Fo turns a camshaft with a power takeoff performing work against a thermodynamic gradient in F1.  It’s a generator in the other direction – when excess ATP uses its energy to turn the camshaft and make the Fo rotor turn like the turbines in a hydroelectric plant. 1. Toyabe, Watanabe-Nakayama et al. “Thermodynamic efficiency and mechanochemical coupling of F1-ATPase,” PNAS published online before print October 13, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1106787108. Everyone should get educated a little about ATP synthase, one of the most mind-boggling, astonishing discoveries of the last 25 years.  Watch the animation at CMI and read the article.  This little device screams intelligent design.  Few are the evolutionists who will dare try to tell us how such an elegant, irreducibly-complex machine could have arisen by accident, because without it working, no incipient life would have had the means of extracting and storing energy. That scientists can witness and even operate these tiny machines – so small 120,000 could fit on the head of a pin – is astonishing enough.  But think about this fact: nobody knew these things existed until the heyday of molecular biology, and their rotary operation was not understood until the 1990s.  Think of all the human history, the public works projects, the effort expended building machines – Archimedes’ Screw, the waterwheel, the windmill, the steam engine, the railroad, Faraday’s first attempts to build electric motors, automobiles, Mazda rotary engines – with all the geniuses in history oblivious to the fact that right within their own bodies were motor/generators of exquisite complexity and design operating at near-perfect efficiency.  This should make people excited.  This should make people humble.  This should make people thoughtful, and grateful. Search on “ATP synthase” for many more articles in our archives about this tiny wonder of creation.(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weekly Case Study: A Vermont Bank Readies for Expansion

first_imgalex williams Chittenden Bank started developing its plan to double the size of its presence in Vermont and came across the challenge of how the enterprise would be affected by the expansion.It realized that the existing physical infrastructure would not suffice. And doubling the size of the IT staff was not an option.Instead, it turned to virtualization. Here are the results.A Vermont Bank Readies for Expansion 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Let’s kick the “easy” habit

first_imgPractically everyone has seen the Staples advertisements on TV featuring the “easy button.” Few people question the idea that things should be easier, but maybe more of us should. “Easy” may appear to be a good thing in the short term, but most things that are easy are actually conspiring to cost us our future in terms of excessive waste, overconsumption of resources, environmental damage from energy generation and vehicle pollution, financial suffering, and declines our health.Question the value of “easy” in daily lifeWe buy things that are cheap but that lead to frequent replacements rather than repairs. This is easy, for individuals as well as the businesses that sell the products. We shop at big box stores, effectively killing off locally owned businesses. This is easy—we drive to a shopping center or discount superstore, push a huge cart around, fill up our cars with cheap stuff, and drive home. We take the easy road in day to day life—driving instead of walking or taking transit. We don’t need to plan in advance if we can just jump in our car and run out at a moment’s notice. We use electricity to dry our clothes instead of using clotheslines in good weather. Some subdivisions even have regulations against clotheslines, considering them unattractive! We eat out instead of cooking cheaper and more healthful meals at home. We buy our all our food instead of growing (at least) some of it. We discard our food instead of composting it. “Easy” is costing us our future, our money, and our health.Green building isn’t necessarily “easy,” but it is importantBuilding and remodeling inefficient and unhealthy buildings is easy; going green is hard. That is, of course, until you actually do it and realize that it isn’t. In fact, it is probably easier than most if the lifestyle changes I listed above.Building professionals need to take the time to learn how to do things better. Once we all make it through the learning curve, it becomes “easy.” Almost everyone who has made this change from easy understands the value of green building and renovation. Improved customer satisfaction and comfort, lower energy bills and maintenance costs, the sense of satisfaction that comes from doing the right thing—these are just a few of the long-term benefits.Moving past “easy” in construction has long term benefits for everyone and is necessary to move us toward a sustainable future.last_img read more

Encouraging Service Members to Save for Retirement

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionMore than 80% of service members never reach the 20-year mark to qualify for retired pay. That is why it is important for them to “hedge their bets” by contributing as much as they possibly can to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Otherwise, they run the risk of serving in the military for a number of years and having absolutely no retirement savings to show for their service when they leave.Service members can contribute a portion of their pay to the TSP while they are on active duty and can fund an individual retirement account (IRA)—a traditional IRA and/or Roth IRA—as well. A retirement planning calculator available at the Ballpark Estimate website  can help service members determine how much they need to save for retirement.Financial experts agree that people who start saving money for retirement at a young age will see the largest growth in their savings. Service members can start contributing to the TSP when they begin their career. The TSP is savings they can take with them in the likely event they don’t receive a pension. The site demonstrates the value of starting TSP contributions as soon as possible.From tsp.govTSP fund options are among some of the lowest-cost investments available anywhere. TSP fund expenses average 0.025% or 2.5 basis points (a basis point is 1/100th of 1% or 0.01%). Stated another way, TSP expenses are about 25 cents for every $1,000 invested. If someone had a $100,000 TSP portfolio, he or she would pay only $25 a year in investment management expenses. Learn more here. The TSP also offers many helpful financial planning tools.A Roth Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) account is a good option for many service members. With a Roth TSP, participants invest after-tax dollars (i.e., money that has already been taxed) that cannot be taxed again upon withdrawal in retirement. While plan participants don’t receive an immediate tax write-off for the amount of their contribution, they receive tax-free earnings after age 59½ if their account has been open at least five years. Also, unlike Roth IRAs, there are no maximum income limits for Roth TSP participation.Roth TSP accounts are especially attractive for young service members because they have four to five decades of tax-free investment growth ahead of them. In addition, they are likely to be in a lower tax bracket (e.g., 15% marginal tax bracket) currently than they will be later in life (e.g., 28% tax bracket), so a current tax will have less impact than a future one. Learn more here. For a list of federal marginal tax brackets, click here.How do you convince service members to save for retirement?  Show them the money! Provide a compelling illustration of how small amounts of money grow over time. Research indicates that people often save more when they fully understand how savings can grow with compound interest. Here’s an example from , a publication for military families. If someone saves $300 every paycheck, this lowers their take-home pay by $225 in the 25% tax bracket ($300 minus the $75 tax benefit). Do that twice a month and you’ll save $7,200 a year ($300 x 24 paydays). Assuming an 8% average investment return over 30 years from age 25 to 55, a service member would save more than $900,000.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on February 9, 2015.last_img read more

Punjab, Haryana fall short of storage space for bumper wheat crop

first_imgThe bumper crop of wheat has created problems for farmers and food department officials in Punjab and Haryana. The fertile wheat belt running across Punjab and Haryana, known as the country’s bread basket, has been grappling with a big storage problem. In Haryana’s Sonepat district the state machinery has been looking for ways to store over 9 lakh quintal wheat crop. All this excess grain has been lying out in the open in unhygienic conditions. Grains spilling out of sacks have even started to rot. Officials in the state have been struggling to manage this huge quantity of food grain. Sonepat additional food supplies controller Brahma Prakash Yadav however said, “The state government has paid a bonus to farmers this year for the extra produce. We have made secure storage arrangements for the extra produce.” Neighbouring Punjab has also been facing a similar crisis. Districts like Ludhiana and Bathinda have had an above average produce of wheat this year. So the storage facilities in the state were clearly not enough to store the bumper crop. That has left the officials with no choice but to let the crops rot in the open. The Punjab government squarely shifted the blame for the storage crisis on the Centre. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said, “Punjab is suffering huge losses because so much grain is going waste. Centre is responsible for not providing enough storage to take care of this bumper crop”.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Randy Moss Making Strong Impression With 49ers

Randy Moss, the sometimes indifferent receiver, will make a difference for the San Francisco 49ers, he teammates believe.Going off what the 14-year veteran has done in training camp – on and off the field – the Niners see Moss as a difference-maker.“I find myself saying, ‘Wow!’ a couple of times,” star tight end Vernon Davis said. “He’s been in the league, what? Fourteen years? Yet he can still do some of the things he’s done in the past.”“I watched him on film the other day, then I tapped Delanie [Walker, another tight end] and said, ‘Man, he’s moving.’ He ran a ‘go’ route, and he left the corner behind. I looked at Delanie and said, ‘Wow, he’s moving. I can’t believe he can still run.’“But he runs well. You can tell he’s getting older and that he doesn’t have some of the attributes he did when he was younger. But he can still get it done.”Moss, apparently, is driving by one thing.“All he wants,” one GM told, “is a ring. The guy loves the game and wants a Super Bowl ring.”He is on a squad that could do just that. The 49ers had one of the top defenses last year and every starter from that unit remains on the team. And they bolster their offensive skill-position players. San Francisco signed Moss for one year at $2.5 million, not knowing what to expect from the future Hall of Famer.But Moss has been the ideal teammate – so far. He has been among the first to arrive to team meetings and practice. He shares his knowledge with younger teammates.“Randy can still stretch the defense,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “He can still create a mindset with a defense where it’s ‘OK, where’s Randy? We have to know where Randy is at all times.’ And that’s going to allow other guys to be able to be free.”“He’s going to be an asset,” said quarterback Alex Smith. “For a guy his size to play the ball in the air the way he does and to run like he does is a unique ability. Anytime you get in the red zone, if you want to load the box and play one-on-one with him that’s a gamble — and that makes him a real threat.“Second, I just think the attitude and the professionalism he’s brought to the receiving corps is going to do nothing but contribute to us. The guy’s been in a lot of offenses and won a lot of games. I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s a great communicator as a receiver, and that’s good for our receivers to see.” read more