Anuradha Vittachi, founder, interviewed in Internet magazine

first_imgThe interview is not published on Internet magazine’s Web site, so you’ll have to buy the magazine itself to read it. The interview appears on page 28. Anuradha Vittachi, the director of OneWorld International Foundation, and non-profit sector Internet pioneer, is interviewed in this month’s Internet magazine.The Web resource is the largest online resource for development and human rights organisations and individual activists. Although it doesn’t focus on fundraising, it is an excellent example of how non-profit organisations can use the Web to collaborate, inform and campaign.Co-founder of Anuradha Vittachi, is interviewed in the September 2001 issue of Internet magazine. She explains that the site started with just £10,000. Now they are funded by DfID, which recently gave them £1 million. They also have one corporate sponsor, BT. Advertisement Howard Lake | 31 August 2001 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Anuradha Vittachi, founder, interviewed in Internet magazine AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Are Organic Foods Healthier?

first_imgSome studies show organic foods to be no healthier and only marginally safer with regard to individual exposure to pesticides than non-organic foods. Nonethless, choosing organic is a wise “better safe than sorry” strategy which also reduces pollution and conserves water and soil quality. Credit: Polka Dot/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic of organic foods and how they aren’t actually any healthier than conventional foods. Is this true?          — Gina Thompson, Salem, ORThere is no doubt that organic foods are healthier—for our bodies individually as well as for the environment—than their conventionally produced counterparts. The question is how much healthier and does the difference warrant spending more on your grocery bill.Conventional food is produced using synthetic chemical inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics to repel pests, boost growth and improve the yield of marketable product. It stands to reason that trace amounts of these chemicals are likely to get ingested into our bodies.Before such chemicals became widely available, most food was produced organically. Recent awareness about the dangers of synthetic chemicals and antibiotic resistance has triggered a renewed interest in organic food. As a result organic farms constitute the fastest growing sector of the U.S. agriculture industry. Given that these farms are smaller and have more of a niche clientele, they must charge more for organic products. These costs get passed on to consumers willing to spend extra to be healthy.But after surveying over 200 other studies comparing organic and conventional foods and in some cases their effects on the body, Stanford medical researchers found that, while eating organic produce can lower exposure to pesticides, the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was also well within safety limits. They also found that organic foods were not particularly more nutritious than non-organic foods. The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in September 2012.The one area where the team found a divergence was regarding antibiotic-resistant germs in meats. While the chances of bacterial contamination are the same for organic and non-organic meats, germs in conventionally raised chicken and pork had a 33 percent higher risk of being resistant to multiple antibiotics. Many farmers and ranchers rely on antibiotics to fatten up their animals and keep them healthy until slaughter, but converting to more organic meat could help stem the oncoming tide of antibiotic resistance that threatens to make many of our medicines obsolete.Of course, consumers may opt for organic foods despite the lack of much difference in nutritional content or chemical residues. According to the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical care and research institution and a leading voice on public health and health maintenance, some people simply prefer the taste of organic food. Others like organic food because it doesn’t typically contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, coloring and flavorings. Meanwhile, others take a longer-term view and go organic for the sake of the environment, as organic agriculture reduces pollution and conserves water and soil quality.If you’re trying to be both healthy and frugal, selectively buying organic is one option. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce each year to let consumers know which produce have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. EWG’s 2012 “dirty dozen” non-organic foods to avoid were apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries and potatoes.CONTACTS: “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier than Conventional Alternatives?”; Environmental Working Group,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

Arsenal make last-gasp deadline day move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

first_imgArteta has made it clear to Arsenal’s hierarchy he needs a new midfielder (Picture: Getty)Personal terms are not expected to be an issue, with the midfielder keen to move to the Emirates and having already tasked his representatives with verbally agreeing terms over the summer.A deal for Partey would represent a massive coup for Arsenal and provide Arteta with the defensive midfielder he has craved, though the club have precious little time to trigger the release clause with Partey set to have a medical in Madrid in order to complete the deal before the deadline.MORE: Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus in latest cost-cutting exerciseMORE: Houssem Aouar reveals why he rejected Arsenal to stay at LyonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal make last-gasp deadline day bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Advertisement The Gunners have made one final attempt to prise the Ghanaian away from Atleti (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are making one final attempt to sign Thomas Partey before the transfer window closes and have informed Atletico Madrid they will pay his release clause, according to reports.Mikel Arteta made signing midfield reinforcements his top priority at the start of the summer, targeting both Atleti destroyer Partey and Lyon’s more creative playmaker Houssem Aouar.But Atletico were absolutely adamant that the Ghanaian would only leave if his release clause was triggered, while Arsenal could not raise sufficient funds in time to sign Aouar. Partey has been eager to join Arsenal but Atletico played hardball over an exit (Picture: Getty)Now, according to Spanish radio station COPE, Arsenal have revived their attempt to sign Partey and are preparing a last-gasp attempt to trigger his buyout clause.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe two clubs have already been in talks for several days over Lucas Torreira, who has undergone a medical in Madrid and will join the Spanish side on a season-long loan, though talks over Partey also appear to have been happening simultaneously.But Atleti still have not budged on their stance that the 27-year-old can only leave if Arsenal pay his €50million (£45m) release clause in full.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMost transfers see the fee spread out over several years with only a small up-front fee, but Arsenal will need to stump up the total cash sum for Partey to secure his signature.Incredibly, despite their well-publicised financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic, the north London club are preparing to do exactly that and COPE say they will deposit the £45m fee with the La Liga offices imminently.No further negotiations with Atletico will be required and, according to, lawyers at Arsenal’s London Colney training bases are furiously working on the deal right now.last_img read more

Mozambique eyes export markets

first_imgPLANS to boost export coal traffic from the near-mothballed Moatize coalfield will revive rail routes in northern Mozambique. The first phase would see a US$30m upgrading of rail and port facilities at Nacala to handle up to 1000 tonnes an hour. This would help to clear a stockpile of 200000 tonnes at the mines. The second phase covers rehabilitation of CFM’s Moatize – Beira line at a cost of US$300m, providing the capacity for mining to resume on a regular basis. Preparatory work is due to begin this year. The biggest project will be restoration of the Zambezi bridge at Dona Ana, destroyed in 1986 during the civil war. A feasibility study is under way for an iron ore smelting plant at Manica in central Mozambique, which would exploit the local Temane gas field. The Beira Iron Project involves bringing between 2·8 and 5million tonnes of ore per year by rail from Zimbabwe’s Buchwa Iron Mining Co and dispatching 2million tonnes of hot briquetted iron to Beira for export to eastern industrial markets. olast_img read more

Gold Coast agents share their most awkward, strange and embarrassing moments

first_imgAnother agent, who wished to remain anonymous, said one of his open homes was made awkward when a couple got quite close and “carried away” on a couch.He has also been offered cocaine at an open home by a couple who locked themselves in a bathroom.“The couple came out of the bathroom and they’ve said, ‘we’ve left one there for you’,” he said. Imagine being offered drugs on the job.Agents have also had their fair share of embarrassing moments.Harcourts Coastal agents Katrina Keegan and Penelope Nicholls were left red-faced by a cockatiel at an open home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“After our first two groups had come through, the bird (kept) repeating, ‘can I have your name and number please?’ as people walked past him,” Ms Keegan said.“The owners transferred their pet to another room for further inspections and open homes.” Cockatiels are a dangerous pet to have at an open home.Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Charlon Delos Angeles has learnt to check the garage before setting up for an open home after a Saturday morning ritual went wrong.“I put my head phones in and as I open up the house, I listen to some sort of seriously infectious top 40 hit,” he said.“I still remember one time I did what I usually do as I assumed the owners had left.“This particular morning, I was super energetic and was belting out a Michael Jackson classic at the top of my lungs.“A few minutes into a seriously committed performance, I was shocked to find that the whole family was still at home and had waited until they had experienced the falsetto part of Man in the Mirror to alert me to their presence.”He still has a laugh about it every now and then. MORE NEWS: World Taco Day: the best spots for a Mexican fiesta Gold Coast agents have had some strange and awkward encounters in their day-to-day work.FROM open home hook-ups to dodgy drug dealings, real estate agents have seen it all.Imagine trying to sell a house while a couple are heading for second base on a couch or a pesky pet is cracking on to prospective buyers.Gold Coast agents have shared some of the strange and awkward situations they have encountered in their day-to-day work.Some incidents have been cringe-worthy.John Hendersons Professionals partner Luke Henderson recalls an elderly seller staying behind after an open home to speak with prospective buyers in his underwear.“I think he was proud of how good he looked at his age,” he said. Open homes seem to be the place many agents’ awkward encounters take place …On another occasion, a woman inspecting a house asked if she could raise the fence height as she was concerned the neighbours might be “sticky beaks”.“I asked why so many questions about privacy and she said that she liked to sunbake naked,” he said.“A few months later, after they bought the house, I found the real reason when they were raided for drugs and quickly resold the property.”Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald won’t forget a door knocking experience.“The very first door I knocked on to invite (the owner) to an open home was answered by a naked 70-something-year-old that yelled at me saying, ‘what the f*** do you want?’ It was rather awkward,” he said. MORE NEWS: Insane $45 million mega-mansion hits marketcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenOpen for inspection etiquette for buyers00:41last_img read more

Browne injured in deadly collision

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Former West Indies wicketkeeper, Courtney Browne, escaped with a broken leg following a fatal vehicular collision which claimed the life of another man here Sunday.Reports said Browne, accompanied by his wife Tricia, was driving along Bennetts Road section of the Ronald Mapp Highway in the northwest of the island in the early hours of the morning, when his blue BMW collided with a Toyota car travelling in the other direction.Michael McClean, 37, the driver of the Toyota, died on the spot.Browne and his wife – who complained of pains to her chest and abdomen – were freed from the wreckage by fire service personnel using “the jaws of life” rescue tools, and taken to hospital by ambulance.Browne, who celebrated his 49th birthday just two weeks ago, is a successful former Barbados captain who also represented West Indies in 20 Tests and 46 One-Day Internationals.He more recently served as chairman of West Indies selectors until he was removed in an administrative overhaul earlier this year, following the election of new Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt.last_img read more

Senate offers resolution on rising tuition

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government finished its Tuesday night meeting by passing all legislation on its agenda, including a funding request and a resolution.Advocacy · Commuter Senator Vicken Antounian and Speaker Pro Tempore Matthew Arkfeld present the tuition representative resolution at Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe funding request applies to the USA Today readership program, and the resolution passed applied to the conflict-free minerals.The USA Today readership program has been available to students since late October. The program is currently in its trial stage, and will end within the next two weeks. The program costs $2,760 every 20 days and provides 300 papers each day. The USA Today readership program, along with The New York Times readership program, gives students on campus access to free newspapers.The conflict-free mineral resolution, which was sponsored by senators Jasmine McAllister and Matthew Arkfeld, encourages the university’s administration to purchase conflict-free minerals, often used in electronics, and to reduce the economic support to the current genocide occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of the deadly scramble for minerals.The resolution urges the administration to issue a statement acknowledging the link between the products they buy and the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additionally, the resolution asks the administration to encourage its business partners to also forgo buying these products.Other cities and colleges, such as Stanford University and Pomona College, have implemented this policy. The resolution will be passed onto President C. L. Max Nikias and other administration members.The Campus Affairs committee also presented a resolution to appoint a student representative to attend meetings regarding tuition. Senator Vicken Antounian and Arkfeld sponsored the resolution.The university’s undergraduate tuition rate rose 70 percent from 2001 to 2011, which is about $1,700 per year. Proponents hope the addition of a student representative would better inform students to the reasons behind the tuition hikes.“If you’re paying for something you want to know what you’re getting in return,” Arkfeld said. “That goes into education as well. You know you’re getting a great education going into USC, but we just want to alleviate stress and discomfort that the students and their parents might have when it comes to paying for it.”Wiley Strahan, director of campus affairs and a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, believes the student voice on tuition costs will benefit the entire student body.“It’s important for students to have a voice in their tuition,” Strahan said. “It will be less about why tuition is raising, but what factors go into raising tuition.”The UC schools have one student representative on the system’s board of regents, the body responsible for setting the tuition rates. Similarly, Duke University has a comparable initiative that determines student tuition rates.Strahan hopes a vote for the student tuition resolution will give the university an opportunity to be an innovator and leader among private universities in California. Strahan also believes the students will respond positively to this possible enhancement.“They’ll welcome this change,” Strahan said. “They will like having their input heard by the administrators.”If passed by the senate, the resolution will be delivered to the university’s administration and board of trustees. The student member on the board will be appointed by USG President Mikey Geragos for a one-year term and be selected to represent students’ opinions on the topic of tuition, according to Strahan.The resolution guidelines also stipulate that the student tuition representative attend at least one student senate meeting to present the estimated cost of attendance for the upcoming year. This requirement will help bridge the gap between student government and the administration in regard to tuition costs.Logan Heley, the assistant director of campus affairs and a sophomore majoring in history and broadcast and digital journalism, also projects the administration will benefit from this possible position.“This will be overall beneficial to students, trustees and all stakeholders at USC because administrators can get a student perspective on how the decisions they’re making is impacting students,” Heley said. “It will increase the dialogue between administrators, students and parents.”The senate will vote on the resolution regarding a representative for student tuition next Tuesday.Presentations by academic affairs, alumni affairs and university affairs were also made at Tuesday’s meeting.last_img read more

Eskom launches solar pilot project

first_img22 November 2011 South African state company Eskom has embarked on a pilot project that will see it using the power of the sun to generate electricity at three of its facilities. The power utility, together with Pubic Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, launched a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at its Lethabo Power Station near Vereeniging in Gauteng province on Monday. The launch is the first stage of a project designed to introduce renewable energy sources to supply power for internal use at Eskom’s coal-fired power stations and reduce the company’s carbon footprint by about 2 845 tons a year. Solar PV technologies use the power of the sun to generate electricity, and there are currently three types being tested by Eskom. Eskom CEO Brian Dames said there were three pilot facilities – at Lethabo, Kendal in Mpumalanga province, and Eskom’s Head Office at Megawatt Park in Johannesburg – at a cost of roughly R90-million.‘Commitment to lower-carbon future’ This project was a milestone for Eskom and demonstrated its commitment to moving to a lower-carbon future, he said. Dames explained that the company examined its existing generation fleet and looked at ways of reducing its carbon footprint – an initiative in which solar PV would play a significant role. Eskom was also looking into other renewable sources. “We have undertaken to invest in renewable energy projects, and in cleaner coal technologies, and these solar panels are an important first step towards that,” he said. Gigaba said South Africa was committed to reducing its carbon emissions. His department, in particular, was working with state-owned companies, including Eskom, to make a contribution to the mitigation and reduction of climate change.Balancing commercial, environmental objectives “We want to manage this in a manner that is able to balance … the commercial, financial, environmental and economic objectives so that they are aligned,” the minister said. “Eskom, with its two renewable energy projects, the Sere Wind Farm and Concentrated Solar Power, will serve as a catalyst to develop the renewable energy industry. Through these two renewable energy projects, South Africa has the opportunity to be a hub for developing renewable energy technology to the rest of the African continent.” According to Eskom, lessons learned at the pilot plants will support the rollout of these systems across all its coal-fired stations over time. The pilot plants – each at one hectare – are located on greenfield sites adjacent to the three coal-fired power stations. The electricity generated from the solar PV plants at the Lethabo and Kendal power stations will provide power during daylight hours for the administration buildings, security and terrace lighting and unit lighting board, resulting in a reduction of auxiliary power consumption. The units at Megawatt Park will supply 5% of auxiliary power to its administration building. The total electricity generated from all these solar PV plants is 1.55MW and could power about 1 900 standard suburban houses with an assumed consumption of 200 KWh per month. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Designers: Show Your Work Fast, Cross-Browser & Without Flash Using Black Tonic

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts We’ve found very few shortcomings in our testing of the app so far and ReadWriteWeb’s own designer Jared Smith enjoyed using it a lot. “It demonstrates an awesome use of standard technologies and real-time technologies,” he says. Existing powerpoint decks will need to be exported as images and uploaded one at a time, but the company says it’s working on changing that. My favorite part of Black Tonic is the iPhone Safari view. Even when we switched from broadcast mode to review mode, where I was able to scroll through all the images in the presentation and click to zoom in a light-box – the whole experience worked very quickly on my iPhone. All I had to do was load a simple URL and we were rolling. (This is going to be a lot of fun to watch on an iPad.) The company explained what it calls FLOW, its DOMcasting technology, in a blog post this summer. Presenting from Chrome works wonderfully. Presenting from Firefox is a little slower as Black Tonic is javascript-heavy, but it’s still not bad at all. Watching a presentation in Firefox is no problem at all. As we wrote in the profile of the then-unlaunched Black Tonic in our recent research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future:The Black Tonic team believes that lightweight real-time technology is an opportunity to reconsider remote presentations, to add some structure to them and add the necessary control over presentation that they haven’t had with the workaround of emailing PDFs.A whole lot of options arise when a new computing paradigm emerges. Real-time doesn’t have to only mean delivering a chaotic stream of social information to an individual at the center of the system. Black Tonic is a good example of looking outside the standard application of a new technology and instead taking advantage of the opportunity to reconsider standard practices [like emailing PDFs to design clients] that have been influenced by technological limitations that no longer exist.Black Tonic is available today and includes a two-week free trial. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’re a creative design professional, you’ll want to check out a just-launched service called Black Tonic; it’s a remarkably simple, easy, fast and enjoyable way to share presentations remotely without Flash or browser plug-ins and while maintaining full control over the pace of the presentation to clients.Using only HTML5 and Javascript, the service syncs your browser window with the browsers of viewers whether they’re using IE6, Chrome, an iPhone or almost anything else. Transitions between images are super-fast and the service is a joy to use. It doesn’t include things like markup or native voice support (you’ll have to get on the phone) but for $15 per month, we think it looks like a great deal. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Harper scores fina10 as Drexel stuns Charlotte 7978

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. — Troy Harper scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes as Drexel rallied from seven points down to clip Charleston 79-78 when Harper scored three straight free throws with one second remaining on Thursday night.Harper was 5 of 13 from the floor but made 7 of 8 free throws. Trevor John led the Dragons (8-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) with 22 points and five 3-pointers, Alihan Demir added 20.Charleston (13-4, 2-2) led for all but 3:05 of the game and was ahead 77-70 after Brevin Galloway and Zep Jasper Jasper scored back-to-back, but Harper took over in the final 2:56, with three layups and five free throws. Drexel was down 78-77 when Harper was fouled on a 3-point attempt. After he made two to tie, Campbell called a 30-second timeout, but Harper was unfazed and sank the winning free throw.Grant Riller led Charleston with 18 points.Charleston was previously unbeaten in six home games this season. The Cougars were stunned on Saturday, losing at James Madison, 69-58. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more