New Fund for Asia to Protect Poor From Climate Extremes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new $140 million fund to boost climate resilience in cities in six Asian countries was launched on Friday by the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK government, and the Asian Development Bank.The Urban Climate Change Resilience Partnership aims to protect 2.2 million poor and vulnerable people from climate and disaster risks by 2021.The money will be spent on physical infrastructure such as drainage, safer housing, flood protection and wastewater systems, as well as “soft investments”, including improved surveillance and early warning, updated building codes, and water and land-use planning. The fund, which is also expected to leverage at least $1 billion in additional public and private investment, will be available to local governments and non-profits in 25 medium-sized cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.(READ the REUTERS story from Trust.org)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Instead of Firing Illiterate Employees, Company Teaches Them How to Read

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a company in Brazil was keen on solving some issues with cleaning the office workspace, the manager asked the janitors how much time they were spending in each room – and this simple question changed their lives.Nataly Bonato, who is one of the managers at the Sao Paulo branch of the WeWork company, requested a daily report from the custodians with some very simple information. All she wanted to know was the name of the janitor, which room they cleaned, why a particular room wasn’t cleaned (if any), and how much time was spent in each room.When the first report took a week to be turned in and the answers weren’t even accurate, Bonato confronted the janitors.WATCH: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the Homeless“I requested a meeting and to my surprise the reason was because over 50% of the cleaning team was illiterate,” Bonato said in a Facebook post.Instead of requesting new staff to get the job done, however, Bonato decided to help them out.“We have a school that uses our workspace, so we challenged them to help the staff with the problem, and they got organized to make it happen,” says Bonato.RELATED: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the HomelessEvery Tuesday and Thursday, the janitorial team would have a longer lunch break so they could take literacy lessons. Five months later, the best students were already writing letters and every custodian could read simple texts.To celebrate the accomplishments, WeWork had a graduation party with the full outfit that the occasion requires.Give Your Friends A Good Read: Click to Share The Sweet Story (Photo by WeWork)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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“Grandfather of NFL analytics” educates students on innovative practices

first_imgMike Eayrs, a data analyst for several college and NFL football teams, spoke about the innovative practices that earned him the name the “grandfather of NFL analytics” at Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday night. Eayrs started out as an assistant coach in the NCAA, where he said he and the other coaches were constantly arguing over new ways to gain a competitive advantage.“I was trying to think, ‘What’s the lowest common denominator we have in our staff room?’” Eayrs said. “The answer was everybody wants to win.”Emma Farnan | The Observer In response, Eayrs said he started to study game statistics and how they were connected to the team’s wins and losses. In this study, he said that turnovers were the factor that had the strongest impact on the outcome of a game.“For the first time since I’d been hired, we actually agreed on something,” Eayrs said. “Everybody agreed that if we could lower turnovers on offense and raise them with our defense and coverage teams, we would have a much better football team.”As a result, Eayrs said he began catering drills in practice towards ball security, so that players could become better at handling the football and would be less likely to turn the ball over.“The more you repeat something successfully, the better the neuroconnections become, so that you do it more effectively and faster,” Eayrs said. “Believe me, when it comes to ball security, we want our guys’ neuroconnections firing really fast.”Eayrs said he soon noticed the profound effect of what he termed “explosive gains,” which is a gain of 14 or more yards, on winning percentage.“All of the sudden I see the difference, which is long pass gains,” Eayrs said. “We had to get big chunks of yardage.”Eayrs’ innovative approach to statistics gained him attention in the football world, so much so that he was soon hired by the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked for 16 years before spending 15 years with the Green Bay Packers.Eayrs said analytics are of vital importance in the NFL, where the difference between teams in much narrower than in college, and consequently, any small edge can be the difference between a win and a loss.“An NFL team is going to have about six games per season where the team that won the game either scored on their final possession or had to stop their opponent from scoring on the last possession,” Eayrs said.To gain an advantage in the ultra-competitive NFL, Eayrs said he has studied everything from gameplay speed to limiting soft-tissue injuries to the tendencies of a particular referee.“Essentially, we’re simply trying to align our team with probability,” Eayrs said.The importance of football analytics could be seen in the Super Bowl in February, where Eayrs said the Atlanta Falcons could have increased their win probability by slowing down the pace of the game.“Shorten the game,” Eayrs said. “Narrow the window in which your opponent can get back in the game. They could have effectively shortened the game by at least one possession, which would have been enough for them to win.”Tags: football, football analytics, mendoza college of business, NFLlast_img read more

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Kinetica Pro-Release packed with four-protein Biotein Release blend

first_imgSports nutrition brand Kinetica has kicked off 2013 with the launch of Pro-Release – a smooth tasting shake scientifically designed to create a balanced blend of fast, medium and slow digesting proteins for optimal protein production and muscle recovery.Engineered by elite sports nutritionists using high quality ingredients to create ‘the perfect time release protein blend’, Kinetica Pro-Release has been designed for serious athletes looking for serious enhanced performance during their training whilst developing and maintaining lean muscle.Available in a 1.8Kg tub, priced £64.99, according to Kinetica, Pro-Release is manufactured to the highest industry standards and provides a sustained release of amino acids into the body throughout the day and night and can be taken in addition to other sports supplements or in isolation.Containing Biotein Release, a unique blend of Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Egg Albumin Protein and Whey Protein Isolate, each protein is digested and absorbed at different rates to provide the optimum time release blend.As with all Kinetica sports nutrition products, Kinetica Pro-Release includes all natural flavours and colours and is laboratory drug screened to ISO 17025 standards to ensure customer safety.Biotein Release consists of four high quality proteins specifically formulated to ensure maximum results. Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Egg Albumin Protein and Whey Protein Isolate are all high in biological value, rich in amino acids for muscle growth and maintenance as well as supporting muscle recovery.Whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate are fast digesting and contain high levels of protein and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) to stimulate muscle tissue synthesis. Egg albumin protein is medium digesting and provides all the essential amino acids to aid recovery and repair. Milk Protein Concentrate is a slow digesting protein that releases amino acids steadily into the body to help prevent muscle tissue breakdown.www.KineticaSports.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Major work wraps on project to remake entrance to Prairie Village Municipal Complex

first_imgThe new entrance to the Prairie Village Municipal Complex features an accessible ramp.The entrance to Prairie Village City Hall has a new, accessible entrance after major work wrapped up in late December on renovations to replace deteriorating infrastructure outside the building.The Prairie Village City Council started considering options for replacing the aging patio between city hall and the police station in early 2016, but balked at the nearly $800,000 price tag associated with the original project proposals. The governing body eventually settled on a stripped down renovation plan that did away with a little-utilized swath of brick paving in favor of a landscaped yard. The new entrance features an accessible ramp that makes it possible for people using wheelchairs or other aids to get to the level of the police station and city hall entrance much more directly than was possible before.“The entrance infrastructure (retaining walls, fountain, concrete) were failing and in need of repair/replacement,” said Prairie Village Public Works Project Manager Melissa Prenger. “The replacement of them provided an opportunity to integrate an accessible entrance to the front of City Hall.”Prenger said there are a few finishing touches on the project that crews will address when weather allows. The final items should not necessitate the closing of the building entrances for any length of time. The project budget was $430,000.last_img read more

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Study finds link between waking-life musical activities and musical dreams

first_imgShare Do you ever remember your dreams?  Chances are that if you do remember them, they are the ones that seem most realistic.  Many people report dreaming about things that they encounter daily.  Such is the case for musicians from all walks of life who report dreams that involve music or inspire lyrics.Recalling dreams is not a new phenomenon.  In fact, most people can recall a portion of what they dream.  Some people even go so far as to maintain a sleep diary — writing down everything that they remember upon awakening.  Research has found dream recall for people involved in athletic and post-traumatic events. Now, a new study has found that people who engage in musical activities are more likely to have dreams about music.In Marh, 2016, the American Psychological Association’s journal Dreaming published research by Lukas Vogelsang and his colleagues. The research proposed that participating in musical activities while awake would result in more dreams about music.  The research was based on the continuity hypothesis (Domhoff, 2003; Schredl, 2003) which purports that waking-life activities are incorporated into dreams. Share on Facebook Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter An example of someone whose music was inspired by a dream is Paul McCartney.  He reported that the lyrics to his song “Yesterday” were completely recalled from a dream.  This is an example of how people take their waking-life with them when they go to sleep.  Vogelsang’s research looks at examples from research participants that points to potential reasons music may be incorporated into dreams.The study included 144 participants who were divided into four groups–psychology students, music students, choir members and a rest group.  Each participant provided demographic information and completed a questionnaire which outlined their exposure to music.  Specifically, they were asked about the amount of time that they spent engaged in music both actively and passively.  For most participants, passive engagement included doing something while listening to music.Results indicated that, on average, participants were involved with music in their waking-life for about four to five hours per day.  This time was split up even further with about eighty-two minutes of practice, 111 minutes of passive listening and 42 minutes of active listening.  On average, participants reported their first training with music at six years of age.  When responding to questions about the frequency of dreaming about music, most participants reported that they had at least monthly dreams regarding music.  It was noted that the group reporting the fewest dreams related to music was the psychology group.“The main findings of the study indicate that the amount of time invested inmusical activities during the day is directly related to the estimated percentage ofmusic dreams,” Vogelsang and his colleagues wrote.The limitations of the study include the fact that participants knew that researchers were looking for specific information about dreams involving music.  This may have biased results towards more dreams involving music.The results of the research supports the findings from the continuity hypothesis.  People are more likely to dream about what they experience on a daily basis.  Specifically for this study, the more time spent actively engaged in music, the higher the percentage of dreams involving music.  This could mean dreams about music in general or even future music and lyrics.  This study also teases at the possibility that musicians will make their next big hit while sleeping.Engaged in music activities? You should get a good night’s rest so that they can use your sleep time to dream about the music or your first/next big hit.last_img read more

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Legal aid firm in shock closure

first_imgMackesys, one of London’s biggest criminal legal aid firms, has announced its immediate closure after more than 40 years in business by means of an outspoken statement on its website.All 27 staff members at the firm’s five offices across south-east London have been made redundant.The statement says that chief executive Sean Smith and other staff members received official notification of closure on Monday this week through a letter signed by sole proprietor Geoff Wordsworth and delivered by insolvency practitioner Quantuma LLP.All staff wages including bonuses and expenses will be paid in full at the end of this month.A planned merger announced in July with east London firm SJ Law collapsed around five weeks ago, it has emerged. SJ Law managing partner Vijesh Saujani said the merger broke down halfway through due diligence checks on Mackesys. SJ Law remains in practice.The Mackesys statement says the reason for closure is Wordsworth’s health – ‘namely the failure of two of his heart valves’ –  and stresses that the firm has not been subject to intervention by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Wordsworth could not be contacted.The statement goes on to dismiss as ‘utter nonsense’ rumours that the firm is involved in financial mismanagement and that staff will not be paid.‘The decision to close the firm is a private decision made solely by Mr Wordsworth as he is entitled to do,’ it says. ‘The decision to close Mackesys came as just a big a shock to Sean and his team as it did to anyone.’The statement adds that since becoming chief executive five months ago, self-proclaimed legal services entrepreneur Smith has returned the firm to profit and increased the number of private clients by 200%.The statement does not give any information about what will happen to open files and what action clients should take, other than to contact Quantuma.Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that in 2012/13 Mackesys received just over £1.5m from criminal legal aid work.last_img read more

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Kenya steps up war against graft

first_imgKenya has intensified the war against corruption amid public outcry over pilfering in the public sector that has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger, unemployment and crime.President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vow to spare no individual in his quest to eradicate graft has started paying off as senior government officials accused of perpetrating the vice are being prosecuted.Experts agree that reducing or hopefully, eliminating corruption will not only secure an honorable legacy for President Kenyatta but also improve Kenya’s image in the eyes of multilateral lenders and investors.Tony Watima, a Nairobi-based financial analyst said that endemic corruption was a threat to Kenya’s economic growth, political stability and social cohesion hence the need to adopt deterrent measures like lengthy prison terms for offenders alongside seizure of assets acquired through illegal means.Kenyans from all walks of life want the government to take decisive action against graft that is responsible for 30 percent loss to the annual budget.The recent arrest and prosecution of treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and 26 other officials over dams’ scandal signaled renewed commitment by the government to fight graft.Noordin Haji, director of Kenya’s public prosecutions, on July 22 ordered the arrest of Rotich and senior treasury officials for inflating the cost of constructing two dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County that is located in the northwestern part of the country.Elsewhere, anti-graft detectives early this week arrested the governor of central Kenya county of Kiambu, Ferdinand Waititu, his wife and several officials over irregular tendering and conflict of interest.The first-term governor in the endowed county neighboring Nairobi is said to have awarded contracts for the construction of a feeder road to a company owned by his proxies.A high court ruling last week dealt a blow to governors facing trials over corruption-related charges by declaring they should step aside in line with a clause in the constitution that raises the bar on integrity for public servants.And Kenyatta recently appointed an acting cabinet secretary for the national treasury as anti-graft sleuths train their guns on other senior state officials accused of financial impropriety.last_img read more

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S. African minister tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgZambia’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 Zambia’s information minister tests positive for COVID-19 South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe, who confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Photo via Government of South African) South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe, who confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Photo via Government of South African)South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, said the government on Tuesday night.“Minister Mantashe and Mrs Mantashe are currently in isolation and the minister will continue to work from home,” said Cabinet Spokesperson, adding that officials from his office will be tested for COVID-19.This was the Mantashe’s third round of tests conducted since the COVID-19 outbreak, said Williams.“The minister remains committed to a course of ensuring security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond,” she added.The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now sit at 298,292 while the death toll has hit 4,346.Relatedcenter_img Top Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19last_img read more

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