The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards 2018 open for nominations

first_imgThe DigitalAgenda Impact Awards 2018 open for nominations About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via  96 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Business transformation – products and projects that help business, government and non-profits to become more effective and happier, healthier places to work.Financial inclusion – technologies that make it easier for people to save and spend, and that enhance access to and the quality of financial services.Investment – the best in impact funding provided by investors and backers of all kinds, across all platforms and funding routes.The 2018 Impact Awards are sponsored by Nominet Trust, and are being run in association with private bank Berenberg. Entry is open until 18 December 2017, with judging to take place in January next year. Judges include representation from: Bethnal Green Ventures, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Essence, Freeformers, Nominet Trust, Northzone, RocketSpace, University College London, US Ai, ustwo and White Star Capital.Julian Blake, DigitalAgenda Director and Editor said:“The Impact Awards celebrate technology that is being used for positive impact rather than just for profit. Our awards highlight the amazing potential for technology to be a force for good. Technology isn’t always seen as a force for good, with understandable public fears about its effects on privacy, child safety and the future of work, but digital also offers the potential to address some of the biggest challenges we face.”  95 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Awards Digital Technologycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards 2018 have opened for nominations, searching for the best of UK technology for good.Now in their second year, the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that make a positive impact on the way people live, learn and do business. There are 12 categories covering three broad themes of people, places and business, and the awards are open to entry from any UK-based business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental impact. There will also be awards for people’s choice and individual impact.Categories:People themeEducation – technologies that are transforming both teaching and learning, in schools, universities or online.Employment & skills – technology that is changing ways into work, and work itself, as well as initiatives that increase people’s skills and access to talent.Health – technology that enhances healthcare knowledge and treatment, as well as people’s abilities to lead healthier and happier lives.Sharing and communities – digital initiatives that help people to share resources more effectively, or where collaboration enables greater community participation and an increased sense of shared purpose.Places themeCities – digital initiatives that enhance places and spaces, making them better places to live, work and play.Climate – technologies that help organisations to manage and understand environmental change, helping them to create places that are more sustainable.Sustainable living – technologies that enable individuals to live more sustainably, by providing higher-quality, healthier food or reducing waste.Smart – products and services using smart technologies, including around travel, to make urban and rural living easier, offering greater mobility and enabling people to connect more easily.Business Advertisement Melanie May | 31 October 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Student COVID-19 cases near zero as semester reaches midpoint

first_imgprintUpdated Oct. 6 with latest numbers. Active COVID-19 cases among TCU students reached their lowest levels since the first week of classes Tuesday. The drop to 7 active cases, two on-campus and five off, comes a month after case numbers reached a high of 444 among students. That spike prompted concerns that the university would have to move to a fully online format. However, cases began steadily declining on Aug. 29 and have not risen since. Read more: ‘We literally cannot keep up’: Spike in COVID-19 cases prompts warning Twitter Linkedin Benton McDonald Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Students enjoy the football game on Sept. 26, 2020. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Twitter Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Benton McDonald + posts center_img ReddIt Benton McDonald Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said the rash of cases in the early weeks of the semester was caused by people moving back to campus from all over the nation and spreading the virus once they arrived. “The natural activities that occur when a school year begins likely contributed to the spread of the virus,” she said. The university sent out a number of emails to the student body asking them to cease gathering in large groups in the opening weeks of the semester. Cavins-Tull attributed the decline in cases to university testing protocols and student behavior. Group testing TCU focused on testing groups of students living together once a positive case was identified to mitigate the growth of “clusters.” Cavins-Tull said testing these groups and isolating the positive cases likely helped the university stop the spread. “We target tested any groups, mostly living units, where we began to see clusters forming,” she said. “Those testing positive were isolated and others who were close contacts quarantined.”Two Greek chapters were put under a blanket quarantine order during the second week of classes to help “slow the spread within membership.” Read more: Two sorority chapters to quarantine for two weeksTCU does not track the number of tests performed as part of their COVID-19 dashboard. Student behavior Student behavior has been identified as another cause for both declining cases and optimism that another spike won’t occur. “I definitely think that student behavior played a big part in managing the spread and it will continue to remain the biggest factor in our control of the spread of this virus,” Cavins-Tull said. Previous reporting by TCU 360 revealed concerns that students were not reporting positive test results to the university. Students living off campus are not required to report positive test results to the university, although local testing providers are asking for consent. If they refuse, the health department follows up with their case. Chancellor Victor Boschini said at a Faculty Senate meeting earlier this month that the university expects case numbers to fluctuate. Cavins-Tull agreed but said students can still be proactive to help stop the spread. “Probably the most important things we know from the health experts are to wear your mask, keep your hands clean and maintain some physical distance with others,” she said. “I think we’ve gotten pretty good at this by now.”She also mentioned the importance of sleep and regular eating as the academic workload increases around midterms. “Maintaining a commitment to wellness will help the immune system and that is important for fighting COVID and as we enter flu season,” Cavins-Tull said. The university will be offering their annual free flu shot clinic Oct. 7.Read more: Annual flu shot clinic to occur outside, by appointment next month Facebook Linkedin Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Benton McDonald ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Vice presidential debate tonight, Tanglewood schools move to in-person learningNext articleWhat we’re reading: Hurricane Delta could be updated to Category 4, Texas governor hints at bars reopening Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Significant increase in drug related offences in Donegal

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleControversial sitting of Dáil takes place laterNext articleCouncil hope to open up Mica Redress scheme shortly News Highland center_img Significant increase in drug related offences in Donegal WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter There’s been a significant increase in drug related offences in Donegal.According to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office for the last quarter of 2019, there has been a 111% increase in drug related offences in the county compared to the same period in 2018.While drug driving is up 81%.CSO figures show that controlled drug offences have more than doubled with 60 offences recorded in the final quarter of 2018 compared to 127 during the same period in 2019.While the number of recorded possession of drugs for sale and supply offences trebled from 9 to 31 and possession of drugs for personal use offences are up 91%.Driving under the influence of drugs is up 81% and drink driving up 23%.Meanwhile, there’s been a 5% decrease in burglary related offences which includes aggravated burglary.Theft related offences including theft of vehicles and the handling of stolen goods are down 10%.Sexual offences are down almost 30% and the number of recorded rape and sexual assaults is down 25%. By News Highland – April 2, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Former Councillor Colm Gallagher passes away

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 2, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Former Donegal County Councillor Colm Gallagher has passed away.He was a member of Donegal County Council from 1966–1999 having been co-opted onto the council in June 1966.Mr Gallagher was Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council from 1982-1983 and served on a number of committees including; the Environment Committee, Housing Committee, Roads Committee, Library Committee, Arts Committee, Museum Steering Committee and Co Donegal Old Age Pension CommitteeDuring his term as Councillor he also represented Donegal County Council on the Donegal Local Committee of the North Western Health Board, North West Regional Tourism Organisation Ltd, County Donegal Vocational Education Committee and Delegate to the Local Authority Member’s Association. Facebook Google+ Facebook Google+ Pinterestcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleWestern Region worst affected as issues are identified on 33% of NI school buses, Western Region worst affectedNext articleKelly and McEleney sign up at Dundalk News Highland Former Councillor Colm Gallagher passes away News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Mortgage applications slow but no end in sight to buying boom

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Refinancings also dropped last week, continuing a trend that has been ongoing for some time. MBA’s index tracking refinance applications dropped 5 percent from the previous week, and is now at its slowest pace since September 2020. The average refinancing loan size was $284,200.The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has increased by 50 basis points since the start of 2021, which may be keeping homeowners from initiative refinancings. According to Kan, there were declines in applications for both private and government loans.The average purchase loan size increased slightly from the week prior, from $406,200 to $409,300. That reverses a weeks-long trend of declining loan prices that has been consistent throughout the month.MBA’s survey covers 75 percent of the residential mortgage market and has been conducted weekly since 1990.Contact Sasha Jones Housing MarketMortgagesResidential Real Estate Message* (iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Mortgage applications decreased last week, but that doesn’t mean the rush to buy homes is slowing down.An index tracking those applications decreased 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from the prior week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Buyers are increasingly confronted with historically low inventory, which is pushing prices up, according to the MBA.Still, the purchase index increased for the fourth consecutive week and was up 26 percent from last year’s pace.“As both home-price growth and mortgage rates continue this upward trend, we may see affordability challenges become more severe if new and existing supply does not significantly pick up,” Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreMortgage rates surge — and refinance applications sinkHomebuyers get ready to “spring” into actionRefinance applications hit 7-month low Email Address* Full Name* Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Cuda begins operations at Barron Flats Unit CDP in Powder River Basin, WyomingWyoming

first_img Image: Cuda has announced the commissioning of Miscible gas flood facility in US. Photo: courtesy of drpepperscott230/Pixabay. Cuda Oil and Gas has announced the commissioning of Miscible gas flood facility and central delivery point at the company’s Barron Flats Shannon Unit (SSRU) in Converse County, Wyoming, US.The plant and facility handles liquid-rich Shannon Field solution gas and Y-Grade condensate supplied from the 330,000 gallon on-site natural gas liquids (NGL) storage bullets to generate the miscible fluid for injection.Since 28 June this year, the injection into the William Valentine cyclic gas stimulation test well has been continuing at an average rate of nearly 350mcfd at 1,350 psi wellhead pressure.Cuda president and CEO Glenn Dawson said: “The start-up of the CDP marks another major operating milestone for Cuda. In recent months, we have been very active in the field.“With the CDP now commissioned and on-line, we look forward to frequent field-level updates that could be material in the context of the operations of the Company.”The recent operations at the field involve the installation of injection delivery pipelines and associated facilities from the CDP to six additional injection well sites, taking the total number of gas flood patterns being developed to seven.According to Cuda, a total of thirty-four oil wells, including the six injection patterns have been planned to be completed by the end of 2019.Cuda said that construction of the 15km high pressure, a natural gas pipeline from the CDP at Barron Flats Unit to the Interstate connection point near Glenrock Wyoming, is undergoing.The CDP receipt facility and delivery meter tap facility have been finished.The entire system is expected to be tested and concluded in December, with capability of delivering up to 15MMcfd of makeup natural gas to the miscible gas flood project on demand.Cuda had sold its Quebec assets in SeptemberIn September, Cuda had disposed of all of its petroleum and natural gas rights in Quebec, including all land permits, licenses and production rights and interests in the Province. The plant and facility handles liquid-rich Shannon Field solution gas and Y-Grade condensatelast_img read more

Two tenants successfully refuse to pay contract renewal fee to letting agent

first_imgHome » News » Two tenants successfully refuse to pay contract renewal fee to letting agent previous nextRegulation & LawTwo tenants successfully refuse to pay contract renewal fee to letting agentCJ Hole agrees to let them renew their contract without paying a £90 renewal fee even though the company still has the legal right to do so.Nigel Lewis6th August 201901,725 Views Two tenants who refused to pay a contract renewal fee of £90 to their letting agent even though their tenancy is not yet covered by the fees ban legislation have been allowed to sign a new contract without paying.Nick Ballard and Louie Herbert, who together rent a property in the Eastville area of Bristol, were told by letting agency CJ Hole that they would each have to pay a renewal fee when their contract came up for renewal.But the pair, who are both housing crisis campaigners within the city and involved in its Acorn renters union, said it was unfair that someone starting a new contract would not have to pay the £90, and yet those renewing their contract do have to pay.“We thought we’d just flat out refuse to pay it and see what happened,” Herbert told local media.“They maintained them charging us a renewal fee was still legal and would be legal until the end of May next year.“We pointed out we were happy to simply sign a fresh contract, our landlord was happy to sign a fresh contract, and that’s all there was to it – there is no justification for them to charge us £90 for that.”EvictionThe pair said they reasoned that CJ Hole and the landlord would not go through the expensive and time-consuming process of evicting them for the sale of £190, particularly as the pair say they have been paying their rent on time and in all other ways are normal tenants.The tactic worked. Herbert says CJ Hole has maintained its right to charge the fee, but dropped its demands for payment and asked them to sign a fresh contract regardless.CJ Hole and Acorn have form – the two organisations were locked in another battle in January this year over tenant complaints. acorn bristol CJ Hole tenant fees ban August 6, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Lake Erie Returns Home to Pearl Harbor

first_img View post tag: Returns The Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) returned June 16 from a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific. Authorities June 17, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Lake Erie Returns Home to Pearl Harbor View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas USS Lake Erie Returns Home to Pearl Harbor View post tag: Pearl-Harbor This is the last time the ship and crew of Lake Erie returns home to Pearl Harbor as they are scheduled to change homeports.“Capt. Banigan and his team have made a difference,” said Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Rear Adm. Rick Williams. “The crew of Lake Erie stepped up and filled a critical need on this deployment. They represent the epitome of the CNO’s tenets: warfighting first, operate forward, be ready. I couldn’t be prouder.”Commanding Officer Capt. John S. Banigan spoke about the deployment and ship’s mission in the Pacific.“While on deployment, Lake Erie leveraged her accomplishments and proficiencies on the test range and defended the homeland and our allies on multiple Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations,” said Banigan. “We were always begging to go forward deployed and we got ourselves ready and we were able to surge and prove that we aren’t just a test ship, that we are fully mission capable.”According to Banigan, he knows that regardless of homeport, Lake Erie Sailors will lead the way. “It’s bittersweet, we will miss Hawaii,” said Banigan, “but whatever the mission – we will succeed.”Lake Erie is expected to replace USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) this summer as a rotational BMD deployer from San Diego, as John Paul Jones takes Lake Erie’s place in Hawaii as the nation’s BMD Test Ship.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Lake Erie View post tag: home Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgGentlemen & PlayersJoanne HarrisDoubledayA new academic year and the venerable halls of St Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys are beset by change in its most pressing guise: progress. But amid the advance of Information Technology, the influx of new staff and the arrival of a fresh crop of boys, old ghosts are walking and a scandal long since buried is scratching its way to the surface.With her ninth novel, Harris exploits the dark and chillingly absurd facets of reality which she first drew on in last year’s collection of short stories Jigs and Reels. Published as a deliberate departure from the joie de vivre of her Whitbread nominated breakthrough Chocolat and the novels that followed, the collection showcased a new side to Harris.Not steeped in the Gallic sensuousness which pervades much of this author’s work, Gentleman & Players is nonetheless wrought with rich and distinctive prose. A former teacher herself, Harris seems to delight in recalling the climate of the staff room and sharp observations are made vivid in lush description. Her image of the school as a living organism in itself, creative yet endlessly consuming, provides a necessary constant amid the ever shifting perspective of the reader.Narrative is divided between voices of the past and the present, the old and the young. Straitley, veteran Latin master at St Oswald’s, is devoted to his pupils. He binds himself to the school and to tradition, remaining indignant in the face of enforced retirement and a heart condition. His counterpoint Snyde seethes with quiet megalomania, consumed by a twisted relation to St Oswald’s. The school is to Snyde a haven and a torment. It is the pinnacle of childhood aspiration, an escape from the daily hell of Sunnybank Park Comprehensive and the slur-spoken abuse of an alcoholic father. It is also the unforgiving observer of this pinchbeck imposter amid its golden boys.Gentlemen & Players fits the bill as a murder mystery, but its meticulous chaos harbours a criminal unlike most: one who has been invisible for too long and is crying out to be seen. Harris might tell us that “a crime unseen is a crime unpunished,” but she is equally willing to admit that being seen is half the fun.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Oxbridge tops university donations list

first_imgOxford and Cambridge received the highest number of donations to universities last year, it has been revealed.New data shows the two top universities received 46 per cent of new funds donated to UK universities in 2016.The Ross-Case survey of higher education, carried out by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case) Europe, also revealed that Oxford and Cambridge accounted for 34 per cent of donors to higher education institutions in the country.According to the survey, philanthropic donations to UK universities have also exceeded £1 billion a year for the first time—with the new funds received by universities increasing by 23 per cent from 2015-16.This latest development suggests that philanthropy has an important role in the funding of UK institutions, with Tricia King, Vice President of Case, telling The Guardian: “Philanthropic giving is now at the heart of UK university culture.“It provides vital funds to enable the nation’s universities to invest in new ground breaking research that pushes back the boundaries of knowledge, improves social mobility by widening access to degree study, and builds world class facilities.”Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, added: “This extra money is making a real difference, helping to fund ground-breaking research, improving facilities and supporting thousands of students through university.”However, it is perhaps not surprising that Oxford received the highest amount of donations in the UK.In 2008, the University launched ‘Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford’, with the goal of raising £1.2 billion “to transform the collegiate University for many generations to come”.The University met the target in 2012 and a new goal of £3 billion was set, with £2 billion reached in May 2015.It comes as the University raises increasing funds from alumni donors. There have been several high-profile gifts from alumni to the University, including the £4 million from Adrian Beecroft to construct the Beecroft Building in the Department of Physics, and the £10 million donated to support the University’s Weidenfeld and Hoff mann Scholarship Programme. Other notable donations from alumni include Dickson Poon, a Hong Kong businessman in the luxury goods retailing sector, who donated £10 million to St. Hugh’s College to build the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. Many alumni gifts to scholarship funds have been matched by the University.However, some of the donations that have been accepted by the University have been heavily criticised. The £75 million donated by Len Blavatnik to build the Blavatnik school of government, was described as a “highly controversial deal” in a letter to the Guardian due to Blavatnik’s role in a dispute with BP executives, which led to dozens of British and western managers being “forced out of Russia”.The signatories of the letter, which included Oxford graduates and academics, argued that the University had failed to investigate whether Blavatnik and other “oligarchs” had a role in what they viewed as a state-sponsored campaign of harassment against BP in Russia, consequently urging the University to “stop selling its reputation and prestige to Putin’s associates”.Responding to the latest donation figures, an Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “The generous support from benefactors, alongside the considerable funding that is secured annually through competitive research grants, is crucial to the continued development of the University and its research and teaching facilities, and maintaining our position as a leading centre of learning and research.“All funding is recorded and properly declared, and neither donors nor funding bodies gain influence through their contributions.”Across the UK, funds secured from alumni (£322m) was far more significant from those from non-alumni individuals (£149m).However, the donations received by UK institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge are still dwarfed by the funding of their US counterparts, with $40.3bn of donations (£31.1bn) received by US universities in 2015.Despite the government encouraging universities to diversify how they raise funds over recent years, Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union, argued that more needs to be done to mean public investment, not private donations, is a priority for UK universities’ funding: “Higher education is worth paying for, and UCU remains committed to campaigning for greater public investment rather than asking others to make up shortfalls.“As we try to deal with the Brexit fallout, the sector needs stability at the moment and that comes via secure funding, not variable streams.”“The universities benefitting from the larger donations are the wealthier ones, so the system entrenches inequality.”Donations to UK universities have been used in a variety of ways.These include dementia research at the University of Edinburgh, new scholarships to enable Londoners to study at the University of London, as well as to ensure students from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda could complete master’s degree at the University of Manchester.last_img read more