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More Lotto funds for social development

first_imgIt also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Priority funding areas They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. Removing barriers to access Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. Public, beneficiary concerns “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said.center_img 23 July 2010 The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. Thorough checks on applicants According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why Download One Facebook App When Eight Will Do?

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification selena larson Related Posts Tags:#apps#Facebook#Foursquare#fragmentation#LinkedIn#Swarm#Unbundling It’s now officially a trend. Big social-media companies are now so dead-set on getting you to use their apps that they’re taking a sledgehammer to them, busting up perfectly serviceable software into collections of mini-apps they hope will have a better chance of catching your eye.Foursquare, Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the companies that have recently pulled apart their main apps in order to spin off once-core features as standalone offerings. The standby Foursquare service is now two apps, Foursquare and Swarm; LinkedIn is now six. As befits the king of social media, Facebook is now represented by eight separate apps: the core Facebook app, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Mentions, Paper, Slingshot and Facebook Pages Manager. These companies say this app disintegration gives users a faster and more focused way to use their services. And it’s still supposedly easy to mimic the features of their once-monolithic apps, they say, because all these mini-apps will cross-link with one another. Download All The AppsOn the other hand, there’s the risk of confusion. Which Facebook apps do I need again? And if I want to use all Facebook’s services on mobile, does that mean I have to download all of Facebook’s apps?The social network recently eliminated chat from its flagship application, which instead forcing everyone to use Messenger, the messaging app that has more than 200 million active users. (That’s a mere fraction of Facebook’s billion-plus user base.) It’s also trying to stay relevant in ephemeral messaging with Slingshot, its (ahem, second) Snapchat competitor, and Paper, the news reader that makes Facebook look pretty, but hasn’t quite caught on. (Now there’s also Bolt, Instagram’s newest messaging app, though it’s unclear why, exactly, Facebook needed that one.)In an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained why Facebook is breaking up:I think on mobile, people want different things. Ease of access is so important. So is having the ability to control which things you get notifications for. And the real estate is so small. In mobile there’s a big premium on creating single-purpose first-class experiences.Foursquare, another social network, recently ripped out the check-in—a core function of its service since the beginning—and moved it to its separate Swarm app. The company wants people to use Foursquare’s revamped mobile app for finding places to eat or have fun, a different function entirely.LinkedIn might be going further than any of them. The company has six different apps for the multitude of services the company provides. There’s one to manage your contacts, one to hunt for a new job, a flagship LinkedIn app that’s a slimmed-down version of the desktop site, and another specifically for recruiters. (No, that’s not all of them.)Of Course You Want More Apps. Everyone Wants More AppsWhy are companies focusing so much on breaking up their apps, instead of making their flagship apps better?LinkedIn says the move is necessary to cater to people who only use specific functions of its service. “It’s hard to translate all of the LinkedIn experience into one app,” Tomer Cohen, head of the mobile product team at LinkedIn, said in an interview with ReadWrite. “We inherently believe every app should fulfill a very simple wish, and every app should be extremely simple.”LinkedIn doesn’t expect all its users to download each individual app.“If you’re not a job seeker, you won’t need to job seeker app,” Cohen said. “For us, it’s been about how can we surface those use cases that will make you much more productive and successful.”Most of us won’t ever apply for a job on our mobile device. But, let’s say the only way for you to connect to LinkedIn is through a smartphone because you don’t have access to a computer. The mobile Web version is bulky and slow—for someone in this position, a separate mobile app for job hunting might help them find a job. LinkedIn has six separate apps for distinctly different services, and it expects people to use multiple apps at any given time. Foursquare, on the other hand, now has two—and it’s trying to train people to acclimate to an entirely different Foursquare environment. Early reviews of the company’s apps are not great.https://twitter.com/ow/status/493152869416042497/photo/1Our mobile devices are already cluttered with apps—why would we want more?People have been lamenting the overload of apps since the rise of the app economy. According to a study released by mobile analytics firm Flurry, the average mobile user launches apps 10 times per day—not 10 different apps, just 10 times in total.What makes companies think their apps will be any different? MOAR APPSThe abysmal performance of Facebook Paper (ranked 136 in the U.S. App Store for social networking) and Slingshot (ranked 357 in the U.S. App Store for photo and video) is further evidence that users might not be as enamored of this app explosion as the social companies are. Foursquare, meanwhile, is facing a more direct user backlash.  The @KillSwarmApp Twitter account, first spotted by NPR’s Elise Hu, is retweeting people who are frustrated with Foursquare’s dismantlement. Many of them are deleting Foursquare, or Swarm—or both.Frustrated Foursquare user Aleyda Solis penned the post, “How to alienate your users and make them to leave your successful app,” in which she described the tactics Foursquare has done including taking a much-loved service and placing it in a completely different app. Remember that you want them to forget that you ever existed, so even if they see you in the future they won’t relate you with your old app due to your new identity and they won’t be attracted to install you that easily anymore.I already have too many apps on my iPhone, and most of my friends do, too. When I posted the question of whether my friends want one app to do many things, or many apps that do one thing, the response was overwhelming: One app.In LinkedIn’s case, cherry-picking apps that serve one purpose might potentially appeal to a small pool of users, but chances are good that no one will install all six of them—unless, that is, you’re a LinkedIn employee.Foursquare only has two real purposes—helping you figure out where to go, and letting you check in when you get there. Splitting up those features doesn’t make users happy—it alienates them. Facebook has the money and resources to keep the app experiments coming. But for smaller companies and independent developers, sticking to one great app that serves multiple purposes might be the best way to make sure their app is one of the few people open and use each day.   Lead image by Matthew Wilkinson on Flickrcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Columbia officials testify in favor of city, school bus deal

first_img(Missourinet) Some Missouri cities have buses with plenty of open seats. Some school districts need a cheap way to get older students to class.State Rep. Chuck Basye is pushing a bill allowing school districts to contract with cities to transport high schoolers. The Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools Board of Education have endorsed the idea.“For students who don’t have cars to be able to access those services, this is going to be a really good benefit to them,” Councilman Michael Trapp said while testifying at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday.“We already can share funds, but for some reason we can’t share funds when it comes to busing,” CPS board member Jonathan Sessions said during his testimony.Opponents say they worry city buses don’t have the same safety measures as school buses.last_img read more

Use Cases for Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager

first_imgAs you can see – using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager technology, you can view your system’s power utilization in real-time using Intel Datacenter Manager and the administrator can implement the power caps to ensure your server rack stays within your required power limits.  By utilizing the ‘actual’ power limits instead of nameplate power, you can increase your rack density thereby increasing your ROI, and decrease your TCO!  Lets face it – everyone loves saving money!Many of us are familiar with this next scenario… it’s summertime, and the power company is announcing that the power grid is under strain.  Personal homes start having their A/C cut-off to save the power grid from brown-outs…  now your enterprise can help reduce those risks as well! Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager is a new technology that is available with the Xeon 5500 Series Platforms released earlier this year.  Many of you have asked me questions via Twitter (@Toadster) about “How can I use Node Manager?” – so I wanted to present some simple use cases to simplify the explanation of Node Manager and how you can best use the technology in your own enterprise.First of all, let’s explain the growth problem at hand.  As servers shrink in size, the density of each server ‘footprint’ is growing from a power perspective… a few years ago, a single 42U rack could hold about 21 servers (estimating 2U servers) – and usually hosting one or two apps/servers per physical server, depending on if you had single or dual-socket servers.  In modern datacenters, that same 42U rack can hold 42 servers (1U each) with 2P per server – so you have an immediate density increase of 2X the # of servers, and 2-4X the number of sockets – which can equate to 16X the number  processor threads per rack…  one good thing is that Intel has been developing newer technologies to keep the TDP of each CPU roughly the same over the same time period between processor updates… where you used to have 2 or 4 cores, you now have 8 to 16 cores at the same thermal envelope!Knowing how much power your platform uses is a key factor in populating racks and rows in your datacenter.  Prior to Node Manager technology, most Datacenter Managers would base rack population on ‘nameplate’ power – or the (W) rating on your power supply.  That’s the ‘max’ power utilized by the platform, and what the PSU is rated for (worst case).  See the image below… Over the next few weeks, I hope to post more blogs/videos:1. Single Node Power Monitoring & Management2. Group/Rack Power Monitoring & Management3. Thermal Monitoring & ManagementPlease provide some feedback, and post your questions and ideas for upcoming blogs!last_img read more

Microbe-linked solar panels are better than plants at converting sunlight to energy

first_imgPlants are exceptional sunlight sponges. But they store only about 1% of the energy they soak up, locking it into the sugars and other organic molecules they use to build their cells. Scientists have boosted that number by a few percentage points with light-absorbing microbes and genetic engineering. But now, researchers have taken a more sizable jump with solar panels, creating a hybrid device that uses a combination of catalysts and microbes to convert 10% of the captured solar energy into liquid fuels and other commodity chemicals.I’m a big fan of the work,” says Chris Chang, a chemical biologist and solar fuels expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study. “It provides a really nice demonstration that you can get high efficiency [in solar chemical conversion], which is a key step.”The new fuels could also solve another crucial problem: renewable energy storage. As solar and wind power grow in use, researchers have begun looking for ways to store the excess energy such systems produce. Batteries are too expensive for storing more than nominal amounts. But energy-rich chemicals, which can be piped around and kept in chemical tanks, could store much more at a manageable price.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The new work got its start in 2011, when researchers led by Dan Nocera, a chemist at Harvard University, created an artificial leaf that used energy from sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas (H2). H2 can then be run through a device called a fuel cell to produce electricity. But because its energy density is so low—thanks to its vapor state—any fuel produced requires massive storage tanks or high pressures to compress it into smaller, more manageable volumes.Several research teams followed up by combining the H2 with the carbon in carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. Last year, for example, Nocera’s group reported that it developed a hybrid system that used bacteria and electricity to “stitch” together H2—generated from splitting water—and the carbon from CO2 into a liquid alcohol called isopropanol. But the setup had a problem. The catalyst used to split water was made from a nickel alloy that generated a form of highly reactive oxygen that killed the bacteria. The only solution was to use an unusually high voltage of electricity, which produced fewer reactive oxygen molecules. It also sharply reduced the efficiency of converting the energy in the electricity to chemical bonds in the fuel. In the end, the system converted only 3.2% of the input energy into chemical fuel.Now, Nocera and his colleagues have replaced the nickel catalyst with a new cobalt-phosphorous alloy version, which does not make reactive oxygen species. That allowed the team to lower the voltage, leading to a “dramatic increase in efficiency,” Nocera says. Their new hybrid setup can convert 10% of the energy in sunlight to a variety of chemicals and fuels, far above the efficiency of plants, they report today in Science.As tantalizing as it seems to produce fuel merely from the starting ingredients of sunlight, water, and CO2 in the air, Nocera cautions that the solar fuel approach still has a long way to go before dethroning oil as the king of fuels. “It’s very hard to make this competitive with digging [oil] out of the ground,” Nocera says. Even so, he adds, solar fuel setups may one day help provide fuels and chemicals to the billions of people in developing countries who lack access because of poor infrastructure. His team is already taking a shot in India, where he is negotiating with researchers to pass along the intellectual property for the new method.last_img read more

BCCI’s financial panel slams CSK, says team grossly undervalued

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) financial committee headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia slammed Chennai Super Kings’ valuation of Rs 5 lakh and said that the franchise has cheated the board.During the meeting, CSK’s valuation was discussed and the panel has promised of action by early next week. It has also been learnt that the BCCI expenditure on legal matters in the last two years went up to Rs 56 crore, which was disclosed during the meeting on Thursday.Due to the legal expenses skyrocketing in the past two years, the finance committee decided that infrastructure subsidy to tune of Rs 50 crore granted to the affiliated state associations will not be increased to Rs 75 crore as was proposed for the year.”In the last two financial years, the BCCI’s legal expenses have Rs 31 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively. It comes to the tune of Rs 56 crore and secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary rightly said that we can’t right away increase the subsidies. It was also agreed that a guideline will be prepared to check how the funds are being utilised,” a member of the finance committee told PTI on Thursday.It was also learnt reliably that Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probing the IPL spot fixing scam were paid Rs 1.5 crore while the BCCI has already spent Rs 3.90 crore for the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.The finance committee also took note of the fact that women cricketers have been ignored and the committee decided to start the gradation payment system for them.advertisement”The likes of Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami will be brought under gradation ambit. By next finance committee meeting, we will be able to chalk out a programme as to how this gradation payment would work.”Also the junior and A team cricketers playing domestic cricket will be given more money.”Earlier, U-16 boys would get a meagre amount of Rs 500 per match day which the finance committee plans to increase it to Rs 1000 and similarly for the U-23, it would Rs 2500 per match day,” the source informed.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more