BAMER-led organisations invited to pitch for grants at Dragons Den event

first_imgBAMER-led organisations invited to pitch for grants at Dragons Den event DM me or contact [email protected] for the form to apply – deadline is noon on Monday 31st August!— Martha Awojobi (@MarthaAwojobi) August 26, 2020 BAME led orgs – here is your chance to win a grant of £5000! ??Apply to pitch at @Money4YOUth Dragon’s Den event on the 18th September for the chance to win up to £5,000! Advertisement Melanie May | 28 August 2020 | News 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 www.thepurplepim.com. BAMER-led organisations have until noon on Monday to apply to pitch at this year’s AVOCADO+ Dragons Den event, with grants of up to £5,000 available to be won.Money4You, Race on the Agenda, and Black Fundraisers UK are holding the 8th annual AVOCADO+ Dragons Den on 18 September.This year, the evening event will be held online, with up to ten Black, Asian, multi-ethnic and refugee-led charities and social enterprises pitching to the audience and grant making organisations such as Trust For London, Tudor Trust, City Bridge Trust, BBC Children in Need, and CommUNITY Barnet for a chance to win a grant for their project.After the pitches, five winners will be selected and will receive grants.  325 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Organisations have until midday on 31 August to apply to take part, with application forms available from [email protected] or by joining BAMER HUB, the online platform that provides members exclusive access to content to strengthen and grow their non-profit organisations such as funding opportunities, support sessions, workshops, tools and resources for business continuity, resilience, networking and income generation. BAMER-led organisations can join for free.At the evening event, there will also be keynote speaker, a raffle, and an opportunity for information sharing and networking with influencers, grant makers, corporate organisations and senior charity representatives. People are also invited to join the audience and tickets to the event are available through this link.The evening will also see the graduation of the AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme Class of 2020 and the launch of the new academic year of the programme, which is designed to improve the sustainability, fundraising capabilities and leadership of BAMER charities and social enterprises, and trains participants in leadership, governance, finance, and income diversification.  324 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

Harvard Innovation Lab receives green light from Boston Redevelopment Authority

first_imgAfter months of discussion and collaboration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has unanimously approved Harvard’s plans to transform a vacant building in Allston into the Harvard Innovation Lab.The Harvard Innovation Lab is a new and innovative initiative that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston community.  It will support Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and activate a building that once housed WGBH-TV’s studios.The Innovation Lab will encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the University, bringing together many cross-curricular interests, including Harvard College, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, the School for Engineering and Applied Science, and the Harvard Kennedy School.In addition to its educational focus, with classrooms and meeting areas designed to serve both undergraduate and graduate students, the Harvard Innovation Lab will also support the local business community by providing public areas, meeting rooms, and business development resources for businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and others in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and the region.  This will be a central place where students and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas.“Innovation is absolutely in the air,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “How can we leverage all this intellectual energy? I see the Harvard Innovation Lab as having the potential to become an indispensable resource for the entire campus, connecting existing innovation programs at the schools and the College into a Grand Central Station for entrepreneurial thinking. As a hub, the new lab will bring together faculty, students, alumni, local community members, and industry professionals, empowering everyone to dream, create, and change the world for the better.”Organizations including SCORE, the Small Business Administration, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network have committed to a generous schedule of one-on-one coaching and business advising, workshops, and training sessions in the Innovation Lab. It will also host lectures, panel discussions, and presentations that will be open to the public, as well as networking events for student teams, local businesses, and nonprofits.“The Innovation Lab is an entirely new model for Harvard. It is an innovation in and of itself. We’re delighted by the unanimous support of the BRA board and the many community members who have expressed their enthusiasm for this project, which will also be part of the University’s efforts to enliven Western Avenue,” said Gabe Handel, managing director of the Dean’s Office at Harvard Business School.“I want to thank Harvard University and the Harvard Business School for all the work they have done in including the community in the development of this project, which will help revitalize Western Avenue,” said Alana Olsen, executive director of Allston Village Main Streets. “I look forward to continuing to work together on this project.”When the Innovation Lab opens next fall, Harvard will provide transportation services between the Lab and the Harvard Square and Longwood campuses to ensure easy access for undergraduate and graduate students. MBTA bus and subway service will also provide access to the facility, and the use of Zipcars and bikes will be encouraged to help contribute to the sustainability of the environment.last_img read more

Local sporting bodies latch-on to JAMAICA Sport

first_imgCash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.last_img read more

Evolutionists View Poison as Elixir of Life

first_imgHydrogen cyanide is one of the most reactive and toxic molecules we know, but astrobiologists view it with almost alchemical qualities for the origin of life.In “Hydrogen cyanide and life’s origin,” NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine explored the ability of HCN as a touchstone for the creation of other molecular “building blocks” of life such as amino acids.How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the Universe’s most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will the process create some particularly interesting molecules?That is what scientists call a good question, because hydrogen cyanide seems to have played a role in creating some of life’s building blocks.Scientists in the lab, though, must treat the chemical with extreme caution.  Just one drop can kill an adult human in 60 seconds.  Wikipedia says “the relationship of these chemical reactions to the origin of life theory remains speculative….”The astrobiology article asks mostly questions:Hydrogen cyanide is an organic compound and it is found in large quantities in the universe. It may have helped in producing amino acids and DNA bases, some of life’s basic molecules. If hydrogen cyanide can lead to the formation of amino acids, can it also contribute to the formation of other essential compounds? Can hydrogen cyanide help explain how life originated on Earth? And how it can arise on other planets?The only way they got HCN to contribute to one amino acid was by intelligent design:Preliminary studies have shown that hydrogen cyanide can contribute to the formation of amino acids. This discovery required month-long experiments in the laboratory, where scientists painstakingly monitored the reactions and continuously manipulated the experiment to keep it on track.Nothing in the article suggests that this could have happened without painstaking manipulation.  Even if it did, getting one amino acid is trivial.  There are numerous high hurdles chance would have had to overcome before life began, such as the origin of replication, a membrane, autocatalytic cycles, metabolism, and the genetic code, along with molecular machines able to process and interpret the code for function.  In a world of chance, where natural selection cannot be invoked for help, a building block of a building block has no guidance toward becoming a building block, let alone a building.  Most likely, it would dissipate long before the next hurdle is approached.Another post on Astrobiology Magazine revised SETI’s old Drake Equation — revised it downward, that is.  Now, Sara Seager would just be happy to find gas that might indicate life, not intelligent life.  “The equation focuses on the search for planets with biosignature gases, gases produced by life that can accumulate in a planet atmosphere to levels that can be detected with remote space telescopes,” she said.  “If we find gases that we might attribute to life we will not know if the gases are produced by intelligent life or simple bacteria. ”See the 9/07/13 entry to deflate the optimism in NASA’s post.Welcome to modern alchemy and magic.  Science is the magician’s twin, said C. S. Lewis; only in the case of astrobiology, the twins have swapped places.  Astrobiology, using toxic HCN as an elixir of life, is tantamount to modern-day alchemists trying to create the building blocks of gold, or modern Frankensteins thinking they can create life with poisons and electricity.  Note: Frankenstein was a work of fiction, and alchemy was a pseudoscience. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

I have to stick my hand where?!? — The Federation MUST PAY! (GCGX5D) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThese fierce lions guard the geocache. Be sure not to wake them up! Photo by geocacher Altmans3Geocache Name:The Federation MUST PAY! (GCGX5D)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:4/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:To earn a smiley and watch your find count tick up another notch, there are few things geocachers wouldn’t do. We’ve seen geocachers hike for miles, climb mountains, rappel off structures and wade through mud. To find this geocache though, you’re going to have to take it a step further. I won’t give it away (spoilers below in the photos, FYI) but you’ll have to be brave and stick your hand somewhere you’re not entirely sure about. And aside from the bravery, this geocache adds a bit of humor to the geocaching experience, which is never a bad thing. For the hundreds of geocachers who have conquered their fears and gone for it: the results have been overwhelmingly positive. So the question is, are you brave enough?# of Finds:513# of Favorite Points:112What geocachers are saying:“Hahaha!! What an awesome cache!! Thanks so much for the laugh” – sunbeammm“Urban caching is usually not my favourite. This one made lot of fun. When 4 people climbing on a fountain in the middle of a crowded area this is absolutely a joy.” – maulaf_normanne“Oh what a hoot! I had heard stories and tall tales about this one. Nice downtown area with only a few muggles around. Looked and pondered and looked some more. Spent time trying to retrieve something that wasn’t the cache, but in the failed effort to do I was inspired to stick my hand in the right place.” – JoshismWARNING: SPOILER ALERT! Photos:Taunting the beast. Photo by geocacher fatkidsOTWuniteI just hope the lion didn’t wake up after this. Photo by geocacher haley4tnSometimes you just have to go for it. Photo by geocacher hiddenrock When was the last time you had to summon your bravery  in order to make a find? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedDon’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Rep Idens proposal cracks down on ransomware use

first_img A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden prohibiting the possession of computer ransomware with intent to use was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer or freeze essential files until a “ransom” payment is made to restore access.“This type of technology puts those who do business in our state at risk,” said Iden, of Oshtemo. “We need protections in place to curtail some of the problems we have seen arise around the state and the country. I want to put Michigan in the best possible position to both prevent and combat these types of cyber threats.”The costs of ransomware incidents, which include ransom payments made as well as data system security upgrades, has been estimated at around $2.6 million for the state. More than 1,300 incidents have been reported throughout the state over the past year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 95 of 2018, moved overwhelmingly through the House on Jan. 25 and in unanimous fashion through the Senate on March 22. Companion legislation proposed by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake was also signed and outlines sentencing guidelines for the intent to use or distribute ransomware, making it up to a three-year felony. Categories: Iden News,News 04Apr Rep. Iden’s proposal cracks down on ransomware uselast_img read more

Ford and Miami to form test bed for selfdriving cars

Explore further Ford Motor Co. is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. All of the vehicles will have backup safety drivers. Domino’s experimental vehicles aren’t even technically autonomous; they’re equipped to be, but for now they have actual drivers. The windows are blacked out so customers can experience how to get pizza from the car without dealing with a person.Miami will give Ford new challenges. Previously, it tested Domino’s cars in suburban Michigan, where parking wasn’t an issue. But in busy Miami Beach, the cars will have to figure out where they can go to allow apartment-dwellers to safely retrieve their pizzas. An autonomous delivery vehicle from Postmates might have to switch between Spanish and English commands when it picks up a meal and delivers it to a customer. Self-driving Lyft vehicles will be tasked with mapping out the best places to wait for customers without causing more traffic headaches.Kwant says Ford will announce more city partnerships as this year progresses. But Miami-Dade was a natural, since it has good weather, lots of different urban and suburban terrain and support from Gimenez and other government leaders.Gimenez, who began talking to Ford in 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, says he’s not worried about consumer acceptance of self-driving cars. He thinks his community will embrace them as companies prove that shared autonomous vehicles can be cheaper and safer than regular ones.Gimenez says self-driving vehicles also can potentially improve traffic flow without significant new investments in roadways. They can travel more closely together, for example, because they’re always watching the car in front of them and can brake automatically.”That’s why I’m really high on this technology,” he said. In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) Sam Abuelsamid, a senior research analyst with the consulting firm Navigant Research, says Ford and others must figure out how to make money on self-driving cars.”If this does take off, if people do adopt automated vehicles and use them for ride-hailing, that’s going to result in a decline in retail vehicle sales,” Abuelsamid said. “They need to figure out, if we’re going to have a decline in the number of vehicles we sell to consumers, how do we keep our business stable?”Kwant says the testing will also help Ford determine what its future self-driving vehicles need to look like and how they must perform.”If you don’t have steering wheels, how do you begin to use that package space? How do you begin to look different in terms of carrying more people?” he said.Ford won’t say how many vehicles it will have on the road in Miami-Dade, but says it will be Ford’s largest test bed for autonomous vehicles by the end of this year. 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. In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The automaker and its partners—Domino’s Pizza, ride-hailing company Lyft and delivery company Postmates—are starting pilot programs to see how consumers react to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Self-driving startup and Ford partner Argo AI already has a fleet of cars in the area making the highly detailed maps that are necessary for self-driving. Ford also will establish its first-ever autonomous vehicle terminal in Miami, where it will learn how to service and deploy its test fleet.More services will likely be introduced as the partnership goes on, including Chariot, an app-based shuttle service owned by Ford. It’s all part of Ford’s effort to find viable business models for fully autonomous vehicles and get them on the road by 2021.”This is, I think, the future of any automotive company or mobility company. If a majority of the world’s population is going to be living in cities, we need to understand how to move those people around,” said John Kwant, Ford’s vice president of city solutions, who inked the deal with Miami-Dade.Ford isn’t the first automaker to run test fleets of autonomous vehicles. General Motors Co. will start testing autonomous vehicles in New York City this year, while Nissan Motor Co. is launching an autonomous taxi service in Yokohama, Japan, next week. Technology companies like Waymo—a division of Google—are also testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in Phoenix, San Francisco and Singapore, among other cities. But the partnership with a specific metropolitan is less common. Both sides envision a deep relationship where Ford can help Miami-Dade solve specific issues, like how to most efficiently move people from its suburbs to its downtown monorail, and Miami-Dade can offer solutions like dedicated lanes for automated vehicles or infrastructure projects like advanced traffic lights that can send signals to connected cars.”We want to be on the forefront of this because we want to give our people choices,” said Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, which is home to 34 cities and 2.7 million people.Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, says the company also intends to work closely with local businesses. The company wants to learn, for example, how a florist might use an autonomous delivery vehicle. “Autonomous vehicle technology is interesting, but it’s a whole lot more interesting with a viable business model,” he said.The city of Miami is the fifth-most congested in the U.S., according to a recent traffic study by the consulting firm Inrix. After more than a century of selling people vehicles, Kwant says Ford now wants to figure out ways to move people more efficiently in order to cut down on that time in traffic. Citation: Ford and Miami to form test bed for self-driving cars (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ford-miami-bed-self-driving-cars.html read more