National Gardens Scheme donates £1.5m to Macmillan Cancer Support

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Tagged with: Funding  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Macmillan’s largest single donorThe National Gardens Scheme (NGS), itself a charity, is the Macmillan’s largest single donor. It has worked with the charity since 1985, during which time it has given over £15.2 million to fund 147 Macmillan professional posts and service projects.The donation was announced at the launch of NGS’s Gardens to Visit 2016 book. It is only the second time that its annual donation to the charity has been focused on one particular Macmillan service. Indeed, it is equivalent to over half of the £2.5 million Macmillan has committed to raise towards the Chesterfield appeal.Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support said:“This is the second strategic Macmillan build that the NGS has significantly invested in, the first being the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Bristol Hospital. The impact that their support will have on the local community in Chesterfield cannot be overestimated; quite simply, their donation has put us well on the way to ensuring that no one in Derbyshire faces cancer alone. We are immensely grateful.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The NGS was established nearly 90 years ago to fund district nurses. This explains its subsequent support for nursing and caring charities such as Macmillan.center_img Howard Lake | 18 March 2016 | News  59 total views,  1 views today National Gardens Scheme donates £1.5m to Macmillan Cancer Support The National Gardens Scheme is to donate £1.5 million to Macmillan Cancer Support. Specifically, the donation, equivalent to the Scheme’s annual £500,000 donation to Macmillan for the next three years, will help to fund a state of the art cancer centre to be named ‘The NGS Macmillan Unit’ at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Derbyshire. The new centre will help ensure that no one in Derbyshire, to quote Macmillan’s mission, has to face cancer alone. It is due to open in December 2016.An artist’s impression of the NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.last_img read more

Letterkenny council officials called to crack down on rogue traders

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Letterkenny Town Council is urging officials to get tough on unauthorised developments. A number of council members have raised concerns about an unauthorised development which has been operating in the town in recent weeks.Members said at a time when businesses who pay their rates and water charges are facing unprecedented difficulties, it is utterly wrong that they are being undercut by rogue operators who pay nothing to the council and make no contribution to the town.Cllr Tadhg Culbert is calling firm and swift action. [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/tadhg830.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 16, 2009 Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img Pinterest Previous articleFG want Fahey to answer “Lost at Sea” questionsNext articleSome compromise for Donegal fishermen in EU talks News Highland News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Letterkenny council officials called to crack down on rogue traderslast_img read more

Cook’s craft

first_imgSeventeen years ago, Peter Cook was a sandwich maker for his in-laws’ bakery in Ludlow. Today, he’s a Rick Stein food hero and he takes the job seriously.As a director of the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce – which pioneered introducing bakery skills to schoolchildren – and member of the local Slow Food group, Price & Sons’ self-taught master baker occupies a lofty position among the small, local producers whose big reputations spread far beyond the Marches. And this reputation is enhanced every year by the arrival of 20,000 customers over the festival weekend in September.That’s when all eyes fall on Cook’s range of 20 breads and rolls, which are made using traditional techniques and local ingredients. The flours come from Shipton Mill at Tetbury and Bacheldre Watermill at Churchstoke, while Ludlow Brewery and Duncton Cider also feature in the supplier list.”When I started in the bakery, we made only three types of bread: white, wholemeal and Granary. Now we’re up to 20,” says Cook. A 100% rye sourdough loaf and a French pain au levain, made in a 15-hour process, are the latest additions.Each year, he steers a competition between the town’s four bakers to find a Festival Loaf – or to be more accurate, loaves, since it’s rare that the public and expert judges agree.”The public always go for the more exotic and strong-flavoured loaves that make you sit up and take notice, while the experts go for a technically better loaf, like a wholemeal. That’s borne out in the shop. If you have a speciality bread of the month, the ones that sell best are those such as Brie, olive and pine nut, rather than a 100% rye loaf, which may be harder to make well and is more satisfying for the baker. But I’m just glad they’re taking an interest in any bread!”Cook would like to see similar competitions run nationally. “The way sales are going with speciality breads, I would like to see a major event geared towards craft and artisan bakers.”He is a keen competitor himself, but he’s not sorry to have narrowly missed out on the Waitrose Small Producer gong last year. “It would have been hard to supply Waitrose and for it not to have had a detrimental effect on other things.”He is also not keen to expand beyond Price’s heartland. “People have asked us to open shops in Hereford and Worcester, but it would be hard to expand without some quite large changes in the bakery. I’d be quite happy, though, to encourage somebody else there to open up.”That, after all, is what local food is all about. nlast_img read more

Zimbali’s $100m investment deal

first_img29 December 2003In one of the largest foreign transactions in South Africa’s tourism industry, Kuwati-based IFA Hotels & Resorts and local company Moreland Developments have announced a US$100-million investment over the next decade in the Zimbali resort on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.In the joint venture between Moreland, the property subsidiary of the Tongaat-Hulett group, and IFA Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Kuwait-based International Financial Advisors consortium, IFA will acquire a 50% equity stake in Zimbali from Moreland at an initial cost of $10-million (about R65-million). This is IFA’s second major investment in Africa within the last three months. In October, IFA Hotels & Resorts signed a 10-year $50-million deal for the largest tourism investment on the famed spice island of Zanzibar. The total added economic value of the first phase of the joint venture’s intended development plan is estimated to be around $350-million, and is expected to increase to about $570-million in the next five to 10 years. In addition, IFA Hotels & Resorts has purchased a 100-hectare property in the coastal resort for the development of a new 300-bedroom, five-star resort hotel overlooking the Indian ocean. It is hoped that the move will pave the way for marketing local residential and tourism properties abroad. The new project, to be named the Zimbali Hotel and Beach Resort, will feature a beach vacation club, spa, country club, resort retail amenities and luxury villas to be developed around a new 18-hole golf course. The resort will open in 2007, and a top internationally recognised branded hotel operator will be contracted to manage the property. The existing Zimbali coastal resort is widely considered to be one of the leading property developments in South Africa, and boasts the five-star Zimbali Lodge, rated by Conde Naste magazine as one of the top 31 hotels in the world. More than 340 residential units have been sold since inception in 1996, signalling an investment of more than R1-billion. Tongaat-Hulett chief executive Peter Staude, who is also a director of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, said at the project’s launch that Moreland was delighted to join IFA in “unlocking the international stature and potential of Zimbali”. Staude said the development would boosting the province’s economy and create much-needed jobs. “One of the constraints to the region’s rate of growth is the bulk infrastructure capacity, and we continue to work with the government to find solutions to these problems in order to achieve the region’s true economic potential,” Staude said. The president of IFA Hotels & Resorts, James Wilson, told the AME Info website: “This is an expansion of IFA’s business in South Africa, which now creates further synergy with our other top-class facilities in other parts of the world.” IFA’s investment in South Africa was partly motivated by the arrivals statistics produced by the South African tourism department, which show that more than 6.4 million tourists visited South Africa in 2002, making it one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Jassim Al-Bahaar, chairperson and managing director of the IFA consortium, told AME Info that the Zimbali development deal would open South Africa up to a large part of the world through the direct access IFA has to international tourism markets. “Zimbali will link with Zanzibar as well as our resort at The Palm-Jumeirah, Dubai, our planned resort in Lebanon, and the existing hotel and resort in Portugal, the Sheraton Algarve and Pine Cliffs resort”, Al-Bahaar said. “We can offer tourists in Europe, the Middle East and Africa unique network linking IFA’s respective hotels, resorts, timeshare and vacation club destinations.” Al-Bahaar said the IFA would be evaluating other investment opportunities in South Africa’s tourism industry, commercial sector as well as banking and investment sectors.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

More Green From Beans – 4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde DTNProgressive Farmer Crops EditorCorn takes a back seat to soybeans on Joshua Rausch’s farm at planting.The Paullina, Iowa, farmer is part of a growing trend of producers who plant soybeans before or at the same time as corn to maximize yields and profit potential.Soybeans are traditionally planted after corn nationwide, primarily because of risk. Corn costs more to plant and needs time to take advantage of higher-yielding, long-season hybrids. Soybeans are more forgiving than corn and have a better chance to produce a crop if planted well into June or July. Plus, a late-spring frost can kill soybean plants after emergence since the growing point is already out of the ground, unlike corn.Rausch used to plant corn first, too, which meant soybeans usually got in by mid- to late May. That changed when soybean yields plateaued a few years ago at 65 to 75 bushels per acre.“Some people would be happy with that … we’re not,” Rausch explained. “We have to continue to increase yield to reduce costs. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect more.”The grain and cattle farmer researched ways to increase soybean production, and early planting hit home. A recent University of Illinois report stated, “results from soybean-planting research for different years and different locations vary throughout the U.S., but the evidence indicates planting on or before May 1 generally is associated with higher yields.”Why? Most soybeans planted in the U.S. are an indeterminate crop and photoperiod sensitive. The longer plants absorb sunlight, vegetative growth and flowering is spurred during the reproductive period. More flowers mean more nodes, which means more pods and soybeans.Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the fourth in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.FIELD TEST RESULTSRausch tested the concept several years ago, planting half of a soybean field before corn in late April and the rest of his beans in mid-May after corn. Flowers showed up in the early-planted soybeans about 10 days before the later-planted fields and produced more pods and yield.“I conservatively got 5 bushels more planting early, and it cost me zero,” Rausch explained. “It’s like 5 free bushels.”He tried it again the following year with half his soybean acres getting a two-week jump start with the same result. This year, all of the family’s 500 acres of soybeans were planted in late April before corn.Rausch admitted he initially got plenty of odd looks and questions from neighboring farmers when he seeded soybeans as they planted corn, but that dissipated as he shared the results.“I heard, ‘You guys are crazy,’” Rausch recalled. “It may sound crazy, but we are seeing big returns. We’ve seen a huge yield bump by doing nothing more than planting soybeans first … and it doesn’t affect our corn yields.” (Some high-yield Midwest growers are pushing the envelope even further by experimenting with March planting dates.)Rausch said it would be nice to plant both crops at the same time, which many farmers do. But, since they can’t justify buying a second planter at this time and labor is limited, planting soybeans first is the way to go, Rausch said.At $9 per bushel, an extra 5 bushels equates to $45 per acre.STRESS MANAGEMENT ON EARLY-PLANTED CROPSTo mitigate stress on early-planted soybeans, Rausch started testing StollerUSA seed treatments and products. On those acres, he saw a 10-bushel yield bump, though it takes about 4 bushels to pay for the extra inputs where the full Stoller program was used.Jeff Berkemeyer, Stoller sales and market development representative for Missouri and western Iowa, recommended farmers use the company’s Bio-Forge Advanced at the very least if planting soybeans early. It can be applied as a seed treatment, in-furrow or in foliar applications with labeled herbicides.“It helps mitigate stress from colder, wetter soils associated with early planting,” Berkemeyer said. “You get better, quicker emergence.”GROWING TRENDMore farmers in northwest Iowa are planting soybeans first or at the same time as corn, Rausch said. Berkemeyer agreed.“It’s a growing trend, especially after farmers see the results,” Rausch said.Soybeans have seeding priority on Mark Muench’s row-crop operation, near Ogden, Iowa.After years of growing only corn, Muench started planting soybeans again in 2016 for agronomic and economic reasons. On the advice of his agronomist, John McGillicuddy, of Iowa City, Iowa, he planted one-third of his soybeans before corn on or about April 20 last year and the rest in mid-May. The early-planted beans yielded 10 bushels better.“You hear about the yield potential, but when you see it with your own eyes in your own fields, it makes a believer out of you,” Muench said. “It didn’t cost us anything.”All of Muench’s beans were planted before corn this year with the help of a neighbor. Soybean planting — half were drilled and half broadcast-seeded and worked in using a vertical tillage machine — started April 19 and wrapped up on May 4.RISK FACTORS TO CONSIDERPlanting date does strongly influence soybean yields, but agronomists warn soil and weather conditions need to be right. Slow germination and compaction can negate the benefits of getting soy in early.A University of Illinois soybean- and corn-planting date study from 2007 to 2018 reveals soybeans can reach almost 100% of their yield potential if planted by April 10. Percentage losses increase with time: 1.8% on April 20, 3.9% on April 30, 7% on May 10 and 15.8% on May 30.Corn-yield losses are less pronounced percentagewise the later it goes into the ground. One hundred percent of yield potential is possible if planted by April 20. On April 30, the yield loss is 1.3%; May 10 is 4.2%; and May 30 is 13.4%.McGillicuddy promoted the yield and revenue benefits of planting soybeans early but pointed out the risks.“You don’t want to rush soil conditions and mud them in on April 15,” he added. “One thing I try to promote is don’t push two variables. If soil is cold (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit), don’t plant if it’s also wet. Don’t make the plant deal with two problems.”Planting soybeans early, even before corn, is becoming more popular, McGillicuddy continued.“I think farmers are more analytical and less traditional,” he explained. “They understand anything that was considered a tried-and-true rule of crop production can end up going out the window.”FOR MORE INFORMATION:— University of Illinois Extension early-planted soybeans guide: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/…— Wisconsin Soybean Extension Program early-planted soybeans guide: https://coolbean.info/…Matthew Wilde can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flash-based AR Gets High-Quality Markerless Upgrade

first_imgchris cameron 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Flash is much more accessible to both consumers and developers, meaning support from a major vendor like Total Immersion could encourage many more brands to use augmented reality. The company has a large network of partner developers that use the D’Fusion software to create hundreds of AR apps each year, and now the massive population of Flash developers can join in on the fun.The company has a demo of a Web-based AR app built using Flash (see video above), and it runs very smoothly – exceptionally smooth, in fact. The demo invites users to print out a flier of a lunar landscape and hold it infront of their webcam, triggering the appearance of a robotic rover complete with animations and sound. I don’t have a printer, but the application was still able to recognize and track my movements very well even though I used a reflective laptop screen to display the flier. The company also has fascinating aspirations for the future of Web-based augmented reality – including its use from within mobile Web browsers. As the number of smartphones with front-facing cameras and Flash support increases, developers should be able to launch AR products on the Web that can also be viewed on mobile devices. Total Immersion North American product marketing and presales manager Jason Smith agreed during a phone discussion today that this is an area the company is looking into with anticipation. Smith says they need to investigate the hardware capabilities of the the current handsets, because the quality of the experience would hinges significantly on the ability to access the graphics processor on the device. He added that he doesn’t see this happening with Flash Lite, but possibly with full versions of Flash coming to Android devices soon. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts One of the turning points in the evolution of augmented reality (AR) was the porting of the ARToolKit – an open?source software library for building AR experiences – to the widely accessible Adobe Flash platform. The toolkit allowed Flash developers to easily create computer vision AR applications and opened the door to a flood of AR development. These days, brands looking to use AR to market their products have looked to AR vendors for solutions, and now one of the largest – Total Immersion – is now also offering Flash support within its proprietary AR development software. D’Fusion, the company’s suite of AR development software, has previously been available to develop desktop, Web-based, mobile and public kiosk-based AR applications. With the release of D’Fusion for Adobe Flash, users of the software will now be able to build AR applications for the Web that can run without installing extra plugins beyond Flash. While Flash-based AR is nothing new, even to other vendors like seac02 and metaio, added support from Total Immersion is significant because it provides large brands with additional robust and secure Flash offerings in the AR market. Earlier solutions, like the FLARToolkit, required the use of very basic markers, such as quick response (QR) codes, for tracking. D’Fusion for Adobe Flash includes Total Immersion’s markerless tracking technology which allows 3D objects to be superimposed on images, not just blocky black and white triggers.The company’s expansion to the Flash platform is also a big step forward for AR standards – an effort CEO Bruno Uzzan is strongly behind. I spoke with North American GM Greg Davis today about how Flash support fits in with the company’s vision for AR standards. One of the keys to standardizing the AR industry is creating solutions that are at a high level of quality. Davis says Total Immersion has been working with both its European R&D lab and Adobe on its Flash solution for well over a year in order to bring a stable and flexible product to its development partners. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Andre Paras delivers solid numbers in debut, admits still finding his way

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On brink of elimination, Ginebra’s mettle gets tested anew Paras also bared that he’s putting his showbiz career on the back burner for the meantime as he focuses on his budding basketball career.“As of now, I’m not doing anything big with work. The network is also lenient and supportive with me because I do love doing both (basketball and showbiz). There’s no conflict and we’re flexible,” he said.So, will the PBA be the next stop for the young Paras? He said that he’s keeping his fingers crossed but maintains that he’s open for anything that may come along the way.“Right now, what I’m really chasing more is I want to help the team win. (Going to the PBA) is my dream and I would love to go in the PBA, but we’ll see. No one’s here to just play around,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “I really relied to help my team on defense because I believe defense wins games. I just let the game come to me and if open, take the shot,” he said.Unfortunately, those efforts went to waste as Cignal HD dealt AMA an 86-76 drubbing, sending the latter to a 0-2 hole.Still, there’s reason for optimism in the Titans camp with the 21-year-old Paras’ standout showing.But the former La Salle Greenhills standout knows that a one-game sample size is not enough reason to draw any conclusions, believing he has a lot to work on to get to the level he aspires for.“Honestly, I’m aware that my size is average here so I can’t rely on that. Age is also a big matter here, so we really have to be physically prepared. I know I have to work on my outside game more, because at this moment, you can’t really go out against stronger and bigger guys. I’m still finding my way. But least now, I know what I have to work on but also what we need to work on as a team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESPressure was Andre Paras’ foe on Tuesday when he made his debut for AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.Playing in a competitive setting for the first time since treading the waters of San Beda’s Team B, the second-generation baller’s nerves were rattled with dad Benjie and brother Kobe in attendance at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Their presence, though, also gave him a boost.“I was surprised that they were there,” he said. “They’re my idols. When I see those guys, I get inspired because they’re the ones who inspired me to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough playing undersized at just 6-foot-3, Paras made a good account of himself finishing with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes in his first game with the Titans.Those contributions were largely felt on the defensive end as he showed shades of how his father did back in his hey-day. View commentslast_img read more