A Different kind of charity

first_imgMathiba MolefeThe mothers from Tales of Learning are just one group that have benefitted from generous donations made through the Different Donations initiative. (Image: Different.org, via Facebook)In a bid to help maximise the impact of non-government organisations (NGO) across the country, life insurance firm Different Life has started a crowd-funding initiative called Different.org to help fund NGO running costs and help these organisations continue their great work.The insurance group covers all running costs for the initiative so all funds donated to Different.org by generous individuals and businesses make their way to your chosen organisations.Donors are given the option of choosing which of the many listed organisations working in partnership with Different.org will receive their donations.The company allows its policy holders to donate through their monthly instalments. This Different Donation option allows your generosity to continue beyond one simple act of kindness. This is the source of the largest portion of donations collected by Different Life.The organisation reportedly donates the policy-holder’s first monthly payment to a charity of their choice, after which the yearly anniversary payments are also donated to the selected charity throughout the period in which the customer holds a policy with Different Life.According to the organisation’s website, more than R4 million has been donated to organisations on the Different.org roster. As more clients sign up, the number and variety of charities will grow.Organisations like The Diepsloot Foundation, Joint Aid Management, the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Fix Forward have benefited greatly from the Different Donation option and through direct donations to Different.org from people who don’t hold policies with Different Life.Watch The Different Donation:GET INVOLVEDLike many of the generous donors who have helped Different.org reach some of the funding targets they had set out, you too can play a part in helping improve someone’s life for the better.If you would like to make a donation to one of the many organisations working in partnership with Different.org, you can have a look at their projects page and choose a cause close to your heart from the list provided.The projects page also allows you to track the progress being made in meeting the targets of each project, allowing you to make the right choice.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Early Ohio harvest numbers respectable

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Ty Higgins visits with Account Manager Tate Cockerill about some harvest numbers, which Cockerill says may be a little better than anticipated early on.last_img

A FENDA [Bombarral] GCW5EA – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 18, 2012

first_img SharePrint Related”The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012April 16, 2012In “Community””Stadt im Wald” GC17K3A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 6, 2011June 6, 2011In “Community”Queens Stair case GC2CXZQ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 12, 2012March 12, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Decent into a Portuguese cavernThe Geocache of the Week  inspires a rappelling adventure into caverns in Portugal and reveals a glimpse into the distant past. A FENDA [Bombarral] (GCW5EA) is rated a difficulty 3, terrain 5 cache. It lures geocachers with the promise to discover caves that were once home to Neanderthals.Miguelrk + João + Inês placed the regular sized cache in the location in 2006. The cache page, written in Portuguese, warns geocachers that the trek to find this geocache can be dangerous. Safety precautions and the right equipment are mandatory.Signing the logbookThe experience is unforgettable. The geocache has won local awards. A FENDA has received dozens of Favorite Points.The location of this traditional cache offers a visual wonderland. Just over 100 geocachers have logged smileys, but there are more than 500 images in the photo gallery. The logs are rich with detail and emoticons. Some geocachers spend years planning their trip to A FENDA and organize large groups to find and log the cache.A recent expedition to the A FENDA titled their adventure, “Operação ‘Viagem do fundo da terra’” or “Operation ‘Voyage to the Center of the Earth.’”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.Geocachers at A FENDAlast_img read more

First Indian professional football club FC Kochin faces closure as players migrate

first_imgEntry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was,Entry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was dumped from the National Football League’s (NFL) first division after being thrashed 5-0 by lowly Tolly-gunge Agragami of Kolkata on home ground at Kochi.The team left with faces covered as fans wept and booed. The freefall has taken five years. Now club president and founder P.V. Paul is even contemplating disbanding the club. “It’s not worthwhile fighting in the second division,” he says.The club’s rise and decline have been swift: in the first six months of its creation in 1997, it won the country’s oldest football championship, the Durand Cup, by beating the country’s oldest club, Mohun Bagan, and also reached the finals of three major tournaments. When the first NFL was formed, FCK finished fourth.Extravagance and poor management have been the main reasons for the club’s rapid downfall.Now, the club has hit rock-bottom. Its best players have moved to other clubs, 11 top players leaving during the league season itself.The paucity of talent has left the club’s Czech coach Karel Stromsik lamenting, “With this kind of game and players even Alex Ferguson (famed manager of Manchester United) won’t be able to save the club.”Besides, FCK is said to have run up a loss of Rs 2.5 crore and its coffers are empty. Five players refused to play an NFL game protesting against the non-payment of dues and some players have allegedly not been paid salaries since 2000.Paul, however, alleges a conspiracy: the Kolkata clubs, bent on destroying the new entrant, had lobbied in the All India Football Federation against FCK. A Central Excise Department official, Paul, along with two NRI friends, claims to have invested Rs 2.5 crore in the club.advertisementThe best Indian players and some from abroad were lured with salaries double or three times those of other clubs. They were provided flats and air travel. The first year’s income reportedly crossed Rs 1 crore from sponsorships, and gate collections.The first signs of trouble appeared when club manager and former India player O. Chandrasekharan resigned. “The FCK has always been run unprofessionally and its expenses were difficult to sustain. There was no attempt to build a team,” he says. Soon, all seven members on the FCK board of directors quit following their differences with Paul and the other two trustees.Despite these early warnings the sponsorships continued to rise from Rs 35 lakh in the first year to Rs 65 lakh in the second. When the club slipped to sixth position in the 1999-2000 NFL, the sponsorship fell to Rs 15 lakh, but fourth place in 2000-1 brought back a Rs 28 lakh sponsorship from the UB Group.Time, however, was running out as the player exodus had already begun. Once the club ran up arrears on salaries, the bad news spread.Today, no good player wants to join the club. “Though I wouldn’t accuse Paul of misappropriating funds, bad management and extravagance were evident,” says Thomas Kannukkaadan, NRI and club co-founder.The fall of FC Kochin is a body blow to those who believed the club could provide a model for the eventual professionalisation and progress of Indian football.last_img read more

More pathways to Citizenship in TCI to enlarge franchise

first_img Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – Despite strong objections by the public and calls for an extension on consultations, the Immigration Bill 2015 has been passed. House of Assembly members met until 1:10am Thursday morning to discuss the divisive bill, which on Wednesday, received the green light from the PNP Government. Once again, Blue Hills MP Hon. Goldray Ewing voted against the bill, while other members of the Opposition and the Governor’s Appointed Members did not express their vote during the late night session. The Immigration Bill, along with the Turks and Caicos Islander Status bill also passed in the House this week, are the two proposals, which locals fear will enlarge the Turks and Caicos Islands franchise – unchecked – and provide too many pathways to become a TCI citizen. Citizenship can now go to a person born in the Turks and Caicos or outside of the TCI with one or both of their parents being an indigenous islander. Citizenship can also go to those born outside of the Turks and Caicos if both of their parents were settled or held PRC status in the islands at the time of their birth. It also grants TCI status to a person born outside of the Turks and Caicos with one or more of their grandparents being Turks and Caicos Islanders. It was explained that it will take roughly three months for this bill to become law. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:citizenship, house of assembly, immigration bill, turks and caicos islander Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

How One Nonprofit Is Trying To Fix Four Challenges In STEM Education

first_img X 00:00 /03:37 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen PexelsThe nonprofit JASON Learning tries to make science education exciting through hands-on projects and expeditions.This summer, teams of students and teachers traveled to places like Alaska and the Bahamas. It wasn’t for vacation, but for science. The expeditions are part of a partnership between 11 Houston-area school districts, from Alief to Pasadena, and a nonprofit called JASON Learning. Together, they’re trying to improve education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.Laura IsenseeEleanor Smalley leads the nonprofit JASON Learning, which has partnered with 11 Houston-area school districts.JASON Learning’s CEO Eleanor Smalley highlighted four challenges they’re trying to address in STEM education.“Students and communities don’t really know, adults don’t necessarily know what the jobs are or how to prepare educationally for them … and it’s because the science is changing.”“Students have to have role models that they can see that look like them. So, if you are a girl and you want to enter into the science world, then you need to see a role model who you can identify with.”“STEM requires a lot of background information, not only in science and technology, but also mathematics. And we tend to, as a country, not start early enough and we tend to not think that everyone can learn it.”“And it has to be fun and exciting.”Click the audio play button above to hear more. Sharelast_img read more

Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A large team of researchers from across Europe and the U.K. has learned more about Neolithic history in Poland by studying the remains of people buried in a mass grave in a southern part of the country. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the results of DNA testing they conducted on the remains and what they found. Back in 2011, a mass grave was discovered near the southern Polish village of Koszyce. Prior research dated the remains to the Bronze Age. In this new effort, the researchers have conducted DNA testing on the remains of those found in the grave.The researchers report that they found the remains of 15 people—men, women and children—all from approximately 2880 to 2776 BCE. Items found in the gravesite alongside the human remains suggested that the remains were from the Globular Amphora culture. They also found that the people all belonged to four core families. They noted that the adult females were not related to one another, suggesting that they had once belonged to another group. Of the eight men found in the gravesite, four were half-brothers and the others shared second-degree relationship links.The researchers noted that a large proportion of older men seemed to be missing from the gravesite, suggesting they were away when a massacre occurred. The males in the grave were young, and only one of them had sired a child, which was also buried in the grave. In sharp contrast, the women were all mostly over 30 years of age, and four of them were mothers of children in the grave. The bodies were placed in the graves in significant ways, the researchers note, suggesting the men had returned, found their families dead and had buried them.DNA testing also confirmed that all 15 of the dead belonged to the Sphere Amphora culture. The researchers theorize that people from the Corded Ware culture likely encountered the Sphere Amphora people as they sought to expand their range. They further speculate that the two groups were likely unknown to one another because there was no shared DNA in the victims. Explore further Bones found in Roman-era grave in London may be Asian Citation: Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in Poland (2019, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-ancient-gravesite-insight-neolithic.htmlcenter_img The Late Neolithic mass grave at Koszyce, Poland. Credit: Piotr Wodarczak © 2019 Science X Network More information: Unraveling ancestry, kinship, and violence in a Late Neolithic mass grave, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1820210116 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tips for Finding eBay Vendors

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 24, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now More than 724,000 entrepreneurs make a living on eBay, and manygot started with just a few items from a garage sale or off a dustyshelf at home. So how did they move from eBay as a hobby to eBay asa business? Savvy product sourcing.Finding products customers want to buy at a price they’rewilling to pay requires strategic planning. The goal is to identifysuppliers with quality merchandise you can afford and in quantitiesyou have room to store. The list may include manufacturers,wholesale and closeout distributors, liquidators or job lottraders.Trade shows, online marketplaces and trade portals are efficienttools that offer a snapshot view of what’s selling and at whatprice, as well as company contact information.Trade shows provide access to hundreds of potential suppliers,giving you the chance to see what’s hot in the market and checkproduct quality firsthand. The face-to-face contact alone may beworth your attendance. “The human element never goes away interms of getting a better deal,” says Sam Bundy, grouppresident of VNU Expositions-ASD/AMD Merchandise Group, a tradeshow management company in Santa Monica, California.For exhibitor information, check with the local convention andvisitor’s bureau in the host city or with the show’smanagement. Some show managers post a list online with hyperlinksto exhibitor information. If the selection is too broad, look forsmall regional shows with a narrower product focus.Jen Lowe, 33, and Tom Nessen, 31, co-owners of Boom BoomPercussion LLC (eBay User ID: boomdrums) in Atlanta, turned totrade shows to diversify their line of musical instruments.”The show was a good place to go and start buildingconnections with new vendors,” Nessen says.When meeting with vendors, avoid asking questions that peg youas a newbie. Asking about payment and credit terms or productfeatures is a big no-no. “These are questions you wouldn’tbe asking if you were experienced,” says Eric Lau, 26,co-founder of Vision Decor Furniture (eBay User ID: visiondecor) inCity of Industry, California, with $7 million in annual sales.”They put doubts in the vendor’s mind.”If trade shows aren’t an option, online solutions offer aconvenient, affordable alternative. Companies post wholesalepallets for sale on trade portals and bulletin boards. The MichiganState University Center for International Business Education andResearch hosts a comprehensive website that lists many of thesesites as well as a trade leads bulletin board.For products overseas, a service for exporters in China isavailable from Global Sources Ltd. (eBay User ID:globalsourcesdirect) and for general buyers at its online store,www.global sourcesdirect.com. “It’s a good place to startfor somebody new to importing,” says Peter Zapf, vicepresident of Global’s Singapore location. Though importingintroduces issues of customs clearance and duties, Zapf says,”those complexities are offset by access to products at muchlower cost.”PowerSellers can also find merchandise through eBay’s newResellerMarketplace, which provides access to inventory directly fromsuppliers without having to qualify with each supplier or meethigh-dollar minimums. Howard Rosenberg, eBay’s director oftrading platforms, says offering “merchandise in a widevariety of categories available at any given time provides anopportunity for PowerSellers to grow their existing business orexpand to new product categories.”Julie Monahan is a writer in Seattle whosearticles on small business and emerging technology have appeared innumerous consumer and trade magazines. 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more