Donor offers €500,000 for students

first_imgDonor offers €500,000 for students Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Howard Lake | 1 June 2010 | 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. An anonymous private donor is offering €500,000 for graduates in Ireland to undertake a Masters at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.The Aspire scholarships will provide an opportunity for up to 60 graduates, who would otherwise be unable to afford fourth level education. This fund was set up by the donor to support the Irish economy.At the launch of Aspire 2010, Professor Tom Begley, Dean of UCD Smurfit School said: “Many talented minds are unable to consider doing a Masters due to a lack of finance. The Aspire scholarship will facilitate top-quality candidates who find themselves in this position to undertake a further step in their education.”The selection of candidates will be based primarily on financial need and the Aspire scholarship fund will initially run over a five-year period.Applications must be submitted through the website and closing date for entries is 28 June 2010.www.smurfitschool.ie/aspire2010  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

News story: New non-executive director and panel members appointed to the Competition and Markets Authority board

first_imgBusiness Secretary Greg Clark has appointed Cynthia Dubin as a non-executive director and Paul Hughes, Robin Foster, Colleen Keck, Karthik Subramanya, Shrinivas Honap and Maria da Cunha as panel members to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).The CMA is a non-ministerial department and the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It has responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries, and enforcing competition and consumer law.Non-executive directors of the CMA Board play a key role in providing leadership and direction to the organisation, working with the chair and chief executive, responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction, developing priorities and monitoring performance against its objectives. Members are appointed to the CMA Board for up to 5 years.Panel members join independent groups to make decisions on ‘phase 2’ merger and market investigations and on regulatory appeals. Members are appointed to the CMA Panel for up to 8 years.The new members appointed by the Secretary of State are:Cynthia DubinCynthia Dubin is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. and chief financial officer of Pivot Power LLP in the UK. Cynthia has previously held senior positions at Edison Mission Energy and JKX Oil & Gas plc. Her role as a board member commenced in January 2019.Paul HughesPaul is a former partner of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, and has specialised in competition law and regulation for some 30 years. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Robin FosterRobin Foster is a non-executive member of the Content Board at media regulator Ofcom, and of the Advertising Advisory Committee at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). He was previously Strategy Partner at Ofcom and led the strategy and competition teams at the BBC. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Colleen KeckColleen Keck is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary at Parkinson’s UK and Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal. Prior to that she was a partner at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP for over 20 years. Her appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Karthik SubramanyaKarthik Subramanya is currently Senior Advisor with Boston Consulting Group. He is also a board member of Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Shrinivas HonapShrinivas Honap’s roles include a non-executive directorship at the British Transport Police Authority, where he is Chair of the Pensions Committee. He has held senior roles in Capita Plc, Vodafone and Egg Financial Service. His appointment as a panel member commences in April 2019.Maria da CunhaMaria da Cunha is currently a non-executive director of De La Rue plc and a trustee of Community Integrated Care. She was previously General Counsel and Director of HR at British Airways plc. Her appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.last_img read more

The ripple effect

first_img Spray paint PBHA Director Gene Corbin gets a hand hosing down a paint pan from PBHA nonprofit management fellow Emily Parrott ’09. Bounce with me Nworah Ayogu ’10 (left) and Timothy McCarthy ’93, a lecturer in history and literature and public policy at Harvard, surf the scaffolding. Looking ahead Fourth-grader Daishawn Tobias studies with Schuyler Milender ’13 inside the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans. Tobias was a first-grader when Hurricane Katrina struck his city. Adams in Alabama Joseph Gaspard ’12 represents Adams House while cutting floor tiles for the Hayneville Church of Christ in Hayneville, Ala. Robin’s egg blue New York City dentist Mercedes Franklin, Harvard School of Dental Medicine ’74, takes a breather from painting duties. Judith Dollenmayer ’63 was in the first class at Radcliffe College to receive Harvard degrees. And she was the first woman president at the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.Now, the former congressional aide has added a different sort of first. Last month, she was in New Orleans on the first public service trip for Harvard alumni co-sponsored with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA).More such alumni events are already planned for next year, one of many indicators that service trips are a growing movement at Harvard, among present and former students alike. “All the trends we see here are increasing drastically,” said Gene Corbin, executive director of PBHA, Harvard’s largest undergraduate group and the source of year-round regional public service.Alternative spring breaks at Harvard College grew from one trip in 2001 to nearly a dozen this year. Harvard’s professional Schools are funding more initiatives that combine learning with doing good. Trips abroad increasingly combine scholarship and assistance.And Harvard’s January intercession, new this year, immediately became a vehicle for prolonged service trips. Students went to Uganda to fight malnutrition, to El Salvador to promote literacy, and to the Dominican Republic for a water purification project. Even sports played a role. The Harvard women’s squash team traveled to northern India to combine court instruction with academic tutoring.Last month, the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) teamed up with PBHA and PBHA-Alumni, which is one of the HAA’s 35 “shared interest groups.” The resulting working trip to New Orleans was for Harvard alumni who embrace the idea of travel combined with good deeds. The HAA also has designated April as its first Global Month of Service.“Public service has been a critical activity for Harvard alumni for generations, and we wanted to recognize it this year,” said Philip W. Lovejoy, the HAA’s deputy executive director.Destination JanuaryFor next year, said PBHA’s Corbin, there’s already strong interest in shifting some of the alternative spring break trips to January, a move that would allow for longer service and better justify the expense of traveling to faraway places.Last month, 85 undergraduates took alternative spring break trips to 10 domestic sites and a Habitat for Humanity location in El Salvador.The public service trend is fueled in part by the spotlight shown on the issue by Harvard President Drew Faust, said Corbin. “Faust is using the bully pulpit of the Harvard presidency to say: Public service is valued at Harvard. It’s an important use of your time while in school, and public interest careers represent a valuable use of your Harvard education.”Adding momentum to the efforts, Harvard held its first Public Service Week last fall. Events and activities highlighted the University’s service history, celebrated its present, and encouraged a future of doing more.Harvard’s Schools are expanding their service roles as well. In February, Harvard Law School created a new Public Service Venture Fund that awards grants to students pursuing careers in public service.Starting April 5, there will be a Public Service Week at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), five days of panels and programs on health care, public sector careers, race, poverty, human rights, urban schools, employment, and other issues. HKS students have historically brought their scholarship and energy to local municipalities. They also maintain a Student Public Service Collaborative to integrate service into the School’s culture.Then there is the growing alumni effort. Last May, the HAA co-sponsored Harvard’s first Global Day of Service with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. About 300 alumni and students volunteered for projects in 13 cities.Last month’s alumni work trip to New Orleans was a warm-up for the HAA’s Global Month of Service (April 1-30), one of four “Harvard Serves” initiatives. This month, there will be more than 75 volunteer opportunities in 20 cities on four continents. Volunteers will help to clean up riverbanks, tutor schoolchildren, work at rescue missions, and build houses.Starting this week (April 2), the HAA will launch its “Public Service on the Map” Web site so that alumni, students, faculty, and staff can register their projects. Said Lovejoy, “We’re billing it as an instant connection to Harvard’s public service community throughout the world.” The site will include listings of volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs.Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland ’76, M.B.A. ’79, president of the HAA this year and a resident of Oslo, Norway, has made Harvard’s global public service the theme of her tenure. As to the breadth of the projects around the world, she said, “I am thrilled and proud.”Among Harvard graduates, the potential for doing good is enormous. There are nearly 365,000 Harvard alumni worldwide, and 181 Harvard clubs (105 in the United States and 76 in other countries).The plight of GentillyDuring the alumni work trip in New Orleans last month, 22 alumni and friends gathered in a sun-parched lot in Gentilly. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina had turned a vibrant neighborhood into a fetid lake 5 feet deep. Today, every third house is still abandoned, adults scramble for work, and children wander restlessly after school.The Harvard volunteers spent six days sprucing up two narrow frame houses owned by the Pentecost Baptist Church, which lost half its congregation after Katrina. The volunteers scraped, painted, washed, fixed, and gardened. They ate box lunches and slept in college dorms. On their last day, though New Orleans is famous for fun, they elected to stay on the job.Corbin was there, in a T-shirt and shorts, brushing on paint and nailing boards. After six days, the two houses looked “markedly different” even from a block away. “It makes an enormous contribution to a neighborhood struggling to rebound following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” he said.Dollenmayer, the alumna who is now a freelance writer and editor, climbed a stepladder to reach a painted-over stained glass window. “I was happy to come and help, and I’m having a great time,” she said in a YouTube video posted by an alumni trip blogger, “though this task is maddening.”The work site on Harrison Avenue, in a part of Gentilly called Pilotland, contains two low houses, a sweep of grass, a parking lot, and a one-story church, where the high-water flood mark once reached the height of a man.The Rev. Lionel Davis Sr., the 54-year-old pastor of Pentecost, watched the Harvard volunteers work. Dressed in a black suit and a New Orleans Saints ball cap, he contemplated the devastation. Once teeming and vital, he said, the neighborhood now is “one of those communities where you have to bring them from nowhere to get them somewhere.”Nick Harris, compact and affable, stood near the New Orleans work site. He’s assistant vice president for community and economic development at Dillard University, and helped to coordinate the HAA volunteers. “The benefit of having Harvard come in speaks volumes — to what’s not been done in this area since 2005,” he said. Having Harvard here, added Davis, “allows the community to have a bigger voice.”Bringing his share of hope was Clifton Dawson ’07, an alumni volunteer. Fresh out of three seasons as an NFL running back, the highest-yardage Ivy League ball carrier has his sights set on Harvard Business School in the fall. Meanwhile, he was managing a painting crew.“I thought it would be a good way to give back,” he said of the alumni trip, “and to reconnect with Harvard.”The same benefitsYoung and old, graduates and students, the volunteers talk about the same benefits: the satisfaction of moral effort, the value of immersion in other cultures, the thrill of camaraderie, and the sense that learning does not come from books alone — that not all competence can be measured by a grade.The undergraduates noticed those benefits and contrasts. In New York City, New Orleans, rural Alabama, and elsewhere last month, Harvard’s future doctors, lawyers, politicians, financiers, teachers, and diplomats got a glimpse at the challenge and exactitude of laying tile, hanging sheetrock, installing siding, and working with wood. Other volunteers tutored at-risk students, helped with legal tasks, or joined ambulance crews.In New Orleans, Octabio Garcia ’12, a Winthrop House math concentrator, was tutoring fourth-graders at the Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School, the kindergarten to sixth-grade bedrock of the Broadmoor neighborhood. Some students, just days from critical state tests, still couldn’t write a four-paragraph essay.Tutoring writing in the same school was freshman Schuyler Milender ’13, who blogged nightly about her experiences. Appreciating the immensity of resources at Harvard, she said, made it imperative for her to give something back.“I have been given so much, and these people are so underserved,” said Milender of students who can’t write paragraphs and who have lost pivotal schooling because of Katrina, and all against a backdrop of abandoned houses. “I feel like I’m learning a lot. It’s putting things in perspective for me,” she said. “I wanted to lend my support, even for a week. ‘’Such short-term help has its critics, who suggest it doesn’t make a difference. But student volunteers do important work, said Hal Roark, executive director of the Broadmoor Development Corporation. He said they establish frameworks for future action, provide continuity, and assure an ongoing sequence of eager volunteers. Roark draws help from students at Harvard, Yale University, and Bard College, many of whom return as summer or even yearlong fellows.A few feet from Roark’s office, in a rambling frame house, eight Harvard undergraduates hunched over computer screens to prepare for the next day’s work. Four were navigating the legal system that can delay rebuilding blighted houses. The others worked on a project to help seniors weatherize their houses, part of a Salvation Army program called EnviRenew.“I’m not a big beach person,” said Sarah Legrand ’10, part of the second group, explaining why she was there. “Time-limited but immersive experiences” during school breaks are important. “I’m glad to take advantage of it.”Community gratitudeGratitude for these service trips takes many forms. In Hayneville, Ala., Martin McCall Sr., pastor of the 78-member Hayneville Church of Christ, watched Harvard undergraduates put the finishing touches on the congregation’s new church. (The first burned in a 2008 fire.)The volunteers, who spent six days tiling, painting, and staining, are “angels from heaven,” said the 57-year-old mason, who grew up in the segregated Jim Crow South. “They’ve got good manners, they catch on, they’re eager to learn. They’ve been putting forth a great effort here.”And the benefits are mutual, said Marcel Moran ’11, a pre-med student and one of four co-leaders on the Hayneville trip. He peeled off his work gloves and surveyed the busy work site. He said that he has made his best friends on these trips, that he has learned to break out of solitary learning to work cooperatively, and that there are special rewards in doing physical work that demands its own kind of precision.Said Moran, “It’s using your brain in a whole new way.” Steppin’ it up Alumnus Clifton Dawson ’07, a former Harvard football player, ladders up for the Pentecost Baptist Church in New Orleans. No idle hands here Pastor Martin McCall Sr. and Kennedy Mukuna ’12 move a plank. They’re rebuilding the Hayneville Church of Christ in Hayneville, Ala., which burned down in 2008. Uplifted Marcel Moran ’11 (from left), George Thampy ’10, Nworah Ayogu ’10, Rachael Goldberg ’12, and Kennedy Mukuna ’12 raise the roof.center_img Through the looking glass These pastel panes get a cleaning from Carole Malcolmson, Ed.D ’07. Laugh it off Macey Landry, 10 (left), Joshua Gibson, 9 (right), and Shamar Henderson, 10 (far right), get their learn on with Octabio Garcia ’12. What’s schoolwork without a few laughs? For reflections: Students and alums share thoughts on service Shadow workers Paint, scrape, and roll. These silhouettes are Andrew Dane ’09 (from left), Rebecca Cohen ’12, and Brittany Turner ’10. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer PBHA Alternative Spring Break Multiple choice Ivoronce Laird, 10 (left), and Kevielle Thomas, 9, are guided by Schuyler Milender ’13, who helps them prepare for upcoming LEAD exams.last_img read more

Wait…that’s not what I meant…

first_imgI still want to slap my forehead when I think about it.A colleague was preparing a report for NAFCU’s board of directors. I emailed him to see when I could expect it. Unfortunately, I “fat-fingered” my iPhone, ending the sentence with an exclamation point by accident.“When will I see it?” became “When will I see it!”His reply seemed strange, until I saw what I did. While I cleared things up, I’m sure Greg wasted 15 minutes wondering what I meant.I’m not alone in sending cryptic emails. This article from the Wall Street Journal dives into the subject.Jill Campen was baffled recently when her boss Marty Finkle fired back a one-word reply to her carefully thought-out email asking for his approval on a client-training presentation she had prepared: “Done!” Ms. Campen, a consultant at Scotwork North America in Parsippany, N.J., puzzled over the message for a half-hour, then decided she was too upset to resolve the matter by email. She called Mr. Finkle and asked, “What is going on with you? ‘Done?’ What does that mean?”Mr. Finkle, chief executive officer of Scotwork North America, a negotiating-skills training and consulting company, was dismayed. He told Ms. Campen that he trusts her to do a good job and went on to explain that he had been rushing to answer a client’s email and empty his in-box of the 100 to 150 emails he receives daily. When her message popped up, his first thought was, “We’ve already talked about this. I could get rid of this really quickly.” By the end of the conversation, the two were laughing.She wasted half an hour before resolving the issue with a phone call. That isn’t uncommon. How many of you have seen a day or good mood ruined by an email – only to find out that the email was misunderstood?But here’s the problem – the pace of email is only getting worse.The number of emails sent or received daily by the typical corporate employee is expected to rise to 136 by 2017 from 121 this year, based on projections released last November by the Radicati Group, a Palo Alto, Calif., market-research firm. Managers, who receive the most, are “flooded by email,” says Nancy Ancowitz, a New York business communications coach. Many a manager multitasks to get through it all, “emailing from a mobile device at a stoplight, typing with his thumbs,” Ms. Ancowitz says.I’ll end with these thoughts.There are no simple, throw-away emails. Each one counts – even those one-word replies.If you lead a team or organization, people will read into everything you do. Body language, tone, facial expression, eye-contact. But email strips you of everything except the written word. Can the words you are writing be taken the wrong way? If so, slow down and edit the email.Taking time to write thoughtful emails may seem time-consuming. But as a leader, your emails trickle down through the entire organization. The thirty seconds you may save firing off a quick email could lead to hours or days of confusion. The cost/benefit analysis, at least for me, says that sending thoughtful, clear emails will be more efficient over time. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Messi scores twice as Argentina routs Nicaragua 5-1.

first_imgEarly on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina.Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range.Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters.River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight.Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried.Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well taken efforts on 63 and 72 minutes. Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty.Argentina play Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.Share on: WhatsApp Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored twice during the friendly against Nicaragua in San Juan, Argentina.Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan.The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battle it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially.But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later.Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15.Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago.An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks.Messi has lost three Copa finals —- 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993, when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina are one of the favourites.last_img read more

Exuberant Brown delivers as Steelers beat Falcons

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Antonio Brown’s youthful exuberance cost the Pittsburgh Steelers 15 yards on Saturday night.If the second-year wideout keeps producing the way he did in a 34-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons, they can live with the growing pains. NEW FAN FAVORITE—Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) points to the cheering fans as he breaks away for a 77-yard touchdown during the second quarter. (Courier Photo/John Pablo Duran) Brown continued his electrifying preseason, catching four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, serving notice Mike Wallace isn’t the only gamebreaker on the defending AFC champions.“It’s just preseason and this game doesn’t count,” Brown said. “I’m doing some great things but it’s not the end of the world. You just want to continue to work hard and build and stay focused.”Particularly when you’re running into the end zone. Brown drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting when he pointed the ball at a pair of defenders while finishing off a 77-yard catch and run for a score. The flag didn’t even include a somewhat awkward jaunt into the stands, where Brown appeared to briefly get caught on the fencing.“I just got too excited,” Brown said. “I’ve got to calm down a little bit…I’ve got to be smart.”The flag earned Brown a talking to from Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, and Brown toned it down—well, a little—on a 44-yard score late in the first half. This time he took a page from teammate and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Hines Ward, putting together a little jig to cap a nearly flawless half by Pittsburgh’s offensive starters.“It was not a consistent, dominant performance that we were looking for, or winning by attrition, but we were explosive offensively,” Tomlin said. “We made key plays, game-changing plays defensively.”Considered no higher than fourth on the depth chart when camp began, Brown has turned into a revelation while filling in for injured Emmanuel Sanders.He started the game with a 51-yard kickoff return that led to a 1-yard plunge Rashard Mendenhall, a mere warmup to what was to come.Facing third-and-6 from the Pittsburgh 23 early in the second quarter, Roethlisberger found Brown running down the seam at midfield. Brown split a pair of defenders and easily outran them to the end zone.He struck again shortly before halftime, outjumping Atlanta’s Brent Grimes and Dominique Franks in the end zone to complete a 44-yard score.”Meanwhile Sanders is hoping to play Thursday against the Carolina Panthers after spending most of camp battling a stress fracture in his foot.The outstanding preseason by Brown and the addition of former New York Jets wideout Jerricho Cotchery has suddenly made spots 3-5 very cloudy. Sanders is hoping to provide some clarity.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…A look at the defensive line

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) tries to pass over defensive lineman Daniel McCullers (74) during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The defense has been somewhat of a weakness over the past two seasons and as a result the team finished with consecutive 8-8 records. It’s time for this side of the ball to step up and it all starts with the defensive line.The team did a lot of overhauling with this particular unit in the offseason and some familiar faces such as Brett Keisel and Ziggy Hood are no longer here. The line will need to stuff the holes and prevent the run this season, something they couldn’t do in 2013 when they finished 21st in the league, allowing 1,849 yards on the ground.The defensive ends will be led by Cam Heyward, who had a breakout 2013 and is primed to take the next step in 2014. He’s the next super star on this defense that is in need of a new, young one. Heyward, who started thirteen games last season, put up 59 tackles, five sacks and even deflected seven passes.Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) fends off Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/David Richard)The other starter at defensive end will be a battle between 2nd year player Nick Williams, rookie Stephon Tuitt and Cam Thomas, signed in free agency.I believe that Stephon Tuitt will eventually be the guy but the opener will see Cam Thomas play in that spot. Thomas is unique in that he can play both end and defensive tackle if necessary so he’s certainly valuable.  Nick Williams will be a great reserve and can start in a pinch as well.The team has three other ends on the roster in rookies Ethan Hemer and Josh Mauro along with second year player Brian Arnfelt. There is a very slim chance that one of these guys will make the 53 man roster but it’s more likely that none will make the team and one will be kept on the practice squad. That is really going to come down to how they play in the pre season games and who may seem to have some potential for the team to use them in practice situations.The defensive tackle spot will be occupied by Steve McLendon again. McClendon started 10 games last year and recorded a solid 33 tackles.  He’s getting better with each season and it’s going to be on him to really lead the way in stuffing the run.Pushing McLendon for time will be rookie Daniel McCullers. The 6 7’ 352 pound tackles has a lot of upside and has been impressive in camp thus far. He will be a huge asset for the black and gold in obvious running downs and goal line situations and there is very strong chance that he takes over for McLendon somewhere in the middle of the season as the starter. At the very least, McCullers is the future starter and he’ll gain a lot of playing experience in 2014.Hebron Fangupo will be a guy that’s kept around to play tackle as well. Fangupo can come in to provide guys a breather and is talented enough to play a series at a time, if needed.Additionally, as mentioned, Cam Thomas could be a guy that plays the tackle spot and he may see time there on certain downs or if all goes well at the defensive end spot with Stephon Tuitt, Thomas could move into a more prevalent role at tackle.Al Lapuaho and Roy Philon currently occupy roster spots as defensive tackles but they will not make the team when it’s all said and done.No matter how it plays out, it’s essential that this unit improves dramatically over last years’ version. The Steelers defense has always been known for stuffing the run and it’s a must for this unit to succeed in doing their job so the guys playing behind them can succeed doing theirs.I fully expect an improvement from that 21st ranking last season and wouldn’t be shocked to see the run defense get back into the top ten.Cam Heyward is the leader of this crew and as he goes, they’ll go.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

DD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant

first_imgIn this weekend’s garden column, I discuss how important watering is for your plants. This includes summer bedding, roses, shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and lawns.As we head into summer, we tend to have days without significant rainfall. As I discussed in a previous column in regards to lawn care, we can see reminisce of last summer’s drought on our lawns.Did you know us humans would only survive 48hrs without consuming a liquid? Crazy! Advertisement Well plants are similar and water is vastly important to a plants growth and longevity.Capillary Action The plants use xylem and phloem to pass nutrients and much more back forth from the leaves to the roots. These are very similar to our arteries and veins and work in a similar principle.This exercise of passing these nutrients and water from the very bottom, the roots to the new growth on the very top of trees, flowers and shrubs is by a capillary force. Advertisement This allows the mightiest of trees to rush nutrients and water all the way up to the new growth. This action is basically where there is a pull on one and not the other.Nutrients Almost all water contains properties of different nutrients such as calcium, iron and magnesium. These are all vastly important for plants growth.Slight defiance can lead to discolouration of the veins, leaves and stunted growth. An example is bottom end rot in tomatoes which is caused by inconsistent watering and imbalance of calcium being made available.Photosynthesis This is the uptake of Carbon Dioxide C02 and the release of Oxygen 02. Stomata which are small pores in the leaves uptake air and through a chemical reaction release it as oxygen.As you can imagine during this process water vapour is also lost. Once the plant realises that there isn’t sufficient water available it will shut down these stomata to keep water stores available.Once this occurs, the plants growth is slowed as they cannot carry out photosynthesis.Diseases & Pests Once plants become stressed cause them to become vulnerable and susceptible to diseases and pests. Once their systems shut down, the plant can’t defend itself properly from attacks.Similar to when us human’s immune system becomes weakened we tend to find it hard to battle other sicknesses.Cooling As you can imagine during these warm dry spells of weather, the temperature can rise significantly. Generally speaking, most plants will significantly slow down their growth rate at around 28 degrees Celsius.This is to ensure they retain as much water moisture as best as possible. So watering helps cool them down and reduces further stressing occurring.Over WateringThis is when the plant has reached peak saturation and there is still water available to it. This can be even more detrimental to them then under watering.As the saying goes, it’s near on impossible to put toothpaste back into the tub once it has been removed. This can apply in this situation as well, it’s very difficult to remove excess water from your soil or compost once it has been applied. Most plants generally don’t like their roots sitting in damp, cold water conditions.Under WateringThere’s a point of no return which is called ‘The Permanent Wilting Point’. This a point of no return as all the moisture has been used up by the plant and has no other sources to avail of. Carefully monitoring of your plant is critical. Look out for leaves or new growth wilting. That will be the first signs of under watering.When to Water? Little and often is the key to watering. I believe in watering early in the morning. This helps prepare your plant for the day ahead.Watering late in the evening means your plant will sit in damp conditions for many hours. This may result in an increase in pest and diseases as well as affecting your plants growth.If you have any questions on this article or any other gardening questions please feel free to contact me. Contact details are below.Happy Gardening! Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHortWebsite: conorgallinagh.comEmail: [email protected]: Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture ConsultantInstagram: @conorgallinaghTwitter: @ConorGallinaghDD Gardening: Here’s why watering is important for your plant was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seacom cable system goes live

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Seacom will provide the catalyst for African consumers, business and government to realise the benefits of connectivity and collaboration across the globe.” South Africa’s second national operator, Neotel, is not part of the cable-building consortium, but owns the landing rights as part of its licence, and contributed funds toward the cable landing station and all related facilities within South African territory. “Cisco and Seacom share a common goal to enable accessible broadband across Africa while lowering the cost of communication to spur growth within urban and rural communities,” Le Roux said. Cisco Systems vice-president for Africa Yvon le Roux said they were working with Seacom to help transform Africa by outlining process change, building networks, and then providing application services and expertise that support key services for citizens, such as education, healthcare, public safety, economic development and national security. 24 July 2009 Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said the launch marked the dawn of a new era for communications between Africa and the rest of the world, opening up new opportunities for government and business across the continent, at a fraction of the current cost. “Our tireless efforts over the past 24 months have come to fruition, and we are proud to be the first to provide affordable, high-quality broadband capacity and experience to east African countries,” Herlihy said in a statement this week. New era for communications Backhauls linking Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kampala with the coastal landing stations have been established, and Seacom is working with its national partners to commission the final links to Kigali and Addis Ababa. The entire system will be operated and controlled through Seacom’s network operations centre, which is based in Pune, India. Shareholders in the US$650-million (about R5-billion) cable include US-based Herakles Telecom (with a 25% stake), Kenya’s Industrial Promotion Services (25%), and Venfin (25%), as well as empowerment groups Convergence Partners (12.5%) and Shanduka (12.5%) from South Africa – making the cable 75% African owned. Seacom has announced that its 1.28 terabyte-per-second, 17 000km submarine fibre-optic cable system linking south and east Africa to global networks via India and Europe has been completed and commissioned. Plentiful and readily available bandwidth will also result in lower telecommunications costs and new opportunities across many sectors, including the call centre and business process outsourcing industries. Transforming Africa “Turing the switch on creates a huge anticipation, but ultimately Seacom will be judged on the changes that take place on the continent over the coming years.”last_img read more

Ben Klick, Nov. 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are not that upset with how the yields turned out after the weather we had but there have been little issues with things going wrong along the way and we are definitely ready to be done.Planting date was very crucial this year. The later crops were not nearly as dry and that was a lot more money in drying costs. There was quite a bit of re-adjusting the machine from the early corn to the late-planted corn and it slowed down the harvest.The double-crop beans needed August and September rains that they didn’t get. The yields were all over the place. They got planted later than they should have been and it got dry for them at the wrong time. This year they weren’t really worth cutting.The corn yields really varied by farm and soil type. We planted some fields that we should have waited a day or two longer last spring but we had to plant when we could. As a young farmer I see things I get stressed about but then my dad tells me that he has been seeing these kinds of things for years.The ground is not as favorable as I thought it would be but we are getting the weather so we can start the fall jobs that we should have been doing a month ago. We have chicken litter to spread, lime to spread and barns to clean out.We usually shoot to be done two weeks before Thanksgiving, and here we are still working at harvest the week after Thanksgiving, but we were still blessed with a pretty good harvest and nothing disastrous went wrong. It is what it is.last_img read more