Move to charging by free funding news sites

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 January 2002 | News Access Funds has announced that it will provide a tailored e-mail alert service providing up-to-date funding information. Subscribers can choose to receive news in as many of the site’s 31 categories. This e-mail alert will launch on 1 February and will cost £40 per annum for voluntary/community groups and £50 per annum for all others. The Web site will continue to be free to access. Visit j4b and Access Funds.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Move to charging by free funding news sites Several Web sites which publish funding news at no charge are introducing fee-based services. Grants on-line started charging users this month for access to its information, as reported earlier. Now both J4B and Access Funds have announced paid-for e-mail notification services.Several Web sites which publish funding news at no charge are introducing fee-based services. Grants on-line started charging users this month for access to its information, as reported earlier. Now both J4B and Access Funds have announced paid-for e-mail notification services.J4B will continue to remain “completely free to use for companies wanting to see what support is available to them” but they will soon be “restricting the number of repeat searches that can be made without charge.” 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.last_img read more

Day Lily Rust.

first_imgA new plant disease threatens to blemish the reputation of Georgia day lilies. Timely identification and strict regulatory efforts, though, have stopped the disease for now.The disease, day lily rust, was first identified in Georgia in August 2000, said Jean Woodward, an Extension Service plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It has also been found in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and California.”Right now, the day lily rust is a concern for nurseries in the state,” Woodward said. “The average gardener shouldn’t be worried, but should be aware.”Apart from their beauty, day lilies have the reputation for being low-maintenance plants. The rust disease could compromise that reputation.Stopping the Spread”If we let the rust go and don’t stop its spread, 10 or 20 years from now there may be a lot of day lily rust around,” Woodward said. “There’s a day lily in every garden and every roadside, and there’s a chance this could spread.”But because we were so quick to identify the rust, get the right people involved and get information out to major growers to watch the imported day lilies,” she said, “we were able to get on top of this.”It has worked. Nurseries that had the rust, she said, aren’t seeing it this year.Woodward wants consumers and gardeners to be aware of the new disease, though. If you believe a day lily may be suspect, contact the county extension service.Looks Like Streak, Acts Like Rust Photo:UGA Plant Pathology Daylily rust covers the upper and lower part of the leaf surface with orange spores. Initially, the rust looks a lot like another common day lily condition known as leaf streak, which causes tanned spots on the plant.”If it (the day lily) has a sunk-in and water-soaked appearance,” Woodward said, “(don’t) be concerned. It’s leaf streak.”If it’s the new disease, though, within two weeks a fungus will produce powdery spores on the day lily. The bright orange spores will be on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces, she said.The disease can spread fast, because the wind easily carries the spores. “Because it’s rust, it’s not going to kill the plant,” she said. “The rust needs living tissue to survive.”The rust’s survival depends greatly on the type of day lily. Georgia grows two types: dormant and nondormant.The rust may not survive the winter on dormant varieties, Woodward says. But it will survive on nondormant types, as well as on older leaf tissue during milder winters.”One year a day lily could experience the disease and the next year be totally free of it,” she said.Big Domestic IndustryDay lily rust is native to Asia. However, it’s believed to have been introduced into at least one Georgia nursery from plants originating in Central America.Day lilies are commonly shipped into the United States from Central and South America. Most of the day lilies grown in these countries, particularly in Central America, originate in the United States, not in Asia.The actual origin of the disease, then, is a mystery. Woodward said it may have come to the United States from Europe. U.S. day lilies shipped to Central America were then shipped back to U.S. growers.”If a grower has rust (in his day lilies), the grower should cut back the foliage, burn it and get into a fungicide spray program,” she said.Day lilies are the No. 1 perennial in the country, she said, and the Southeast produces most of the day lilies sold in the United States. Production of day lilies contributes greatly to Georgia’s $400 million nursery industry.Georgia is home to four of the top nursery growers in the country and the largest nursery east of the Mississippi River. “The industry is growing in Georgia at about 5 percent a year,” Woodward said.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPacquiao to return April 9 against Bradley LAS VEGAS (AP): Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao re-injured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision. Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily – the judges gave it to Bradley – and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision. Top rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the pay-per-view fight has not officially been signed, but that both fighters had agreed to terms and would be signing soon. Pacquiao was given a $2 million advance on his guaranteed $20 million purse, Samuels said. Messi scores in 500th game for Barca BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Lionel Messi scored in his 500th match for Barcelona to help them ease past Real Betis 4-0 on Wednesday and ensure they kept the lead of the Spanish league to conclude a superb year for the Catalan club. Barcelona broke a run of consecutive draws in the league to cap one of their best years in club history. Before kick-off Andres Iniesta paraded the recently won Club World Cup trophy, their fifth title won in 2015. The four goals scored took the year’s tally to 180, bettering Madrid’s milestone of 178 from 2014. “It was a spectacular year, and we wanted to finish it in the same way,” Messi said. “It will be complicated to better this, but like always we will try to do so.” Messi recovered from a hard knock with Antonio Adan that was ruled a penalty against the Betis goalkeeper, by scoring Barcelona’s second goal, after an own goal put the Catalan side on its way. CAS rejects appeal from Musa Bility LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Musa Bility’s appeal to overturn his exclusion from the FIFA presidential election. Bility, who is from Liberia, failed to make the field after failing an integrity check. FIFA’s election monitoring panel ruled the Liberian football federation president ineligible last month. No reason was publicly given, but Bility said a previous criminal allegation against him was dismissed by a Liberian court. CAS says it will release the grounds for its decision early this year. FIFA has approved five candidates for the election to be held on February 26. Michel Platini, who has been handed an eight-year ban but still hopes to run for FIFA presidency, is also expected to appeal to CAS. Monfils out of Hopman Cup with leg injury PERTH, Australia (AP): Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event due to an unspecified leg injury and will be replaced by French compatriot Kenny de Schepper. It was not clear whether the injury would prevent the 24th-ranked Monfils from competing in the Australian Open beginning January 18 in Melbourne. Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry said yesterday “it’s unfortunate to hear Gael is unable to play in Perth … we wish him well over the next couple of weeks ahead of the Aussie Open.” De Schepper and his partner Caroline Garcia play their first match Monday against the Britain team of Andy Murray and Heather Watson. Serena Williams and Jack Sock open for the United States, also on Monday, against Elina Svitolina and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.last_img read more

EU vote on opt-out proposal a positive for biotech

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes news of the European Parliament’s overwhelming rejection of a proposal that would allow individual European Union (EU) member states to opt-out of importing and using foods containing biotechnology for non-scientific reasons. The body voted 619-58 to approve a committee report recommending opposition to the controversial “opt-out” proposal.“This is a much-needed action today by the European Parliament. ASA has repeatedly called on the EU to make science-based decisions on the issue of biotechnology, and we are very happy to see the Europeans do so this morning. One of the unifying principles of the EU is to provide a single market, both within Europe and as a partner in in global commerce.  Enabling each of its 28 member states to go rogue on GMO acceptance, based on societal or political concerns, is hardly a unifying strategy for success,” said Wade Cowan, ASA president. “Soybean farmers welcome today’s news as we look to expand our European markets for animal feed, edible oils, biodiesel and biobased products. Europe is a top-five market for American soybeans, and we looking forward to further expanding our trade relationship. Moving forward, the Commission has been directed by the EU Parliament to come up with a new proposal. However, in our view, it would be more appropriate for the EU to use its own existing procedures to approve new biotech products rather than trying to come up with another approach. The Commission just needs to do its job by following its own regulations and procedures.”last_img read more

LivingSocial Co-Founder Explains the Importance of the Pivot

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As one of the leaders in the group-buying space, LivingSocial has had a great year, ending the year with $175 million in investment from Amazon earlier this month. But like many success stories, LivingSocial didn’t suddenly spring up wholly formed. Indeed, the company has had to pivot several times before landing on their current form – and success.In the video below, LivingSocial co-founder and CTO Aaron Batalion talks about the company’s previous manifestations – consultants, Facebook app developers, and so on – and the principles that helped motivate the company to change direction like this.In 2009, LivingSocial acquired BuyYourFriendADrink, a company that ran on- and offline promotions that brought customers into bars for beverage companies’ product launches. One of the salespeople, walking from bar to bar to try to sell them on the product, recognized that there are other businesses that had similar needs. And so LivingSocial pivoted into the group-buying and daily deals space. Batalion speaks of “not being satiated” and so always being ready to change directions if need be. He stresses “lean startup” principles, quick iteration, and intre-preneurial rule (support the people inside your startup that have “really killer ideas”).The talk below was given at the Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology conference in October. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Venus egdes Kvitova, to face Stephens in US Open semis,Venus egdes Kvitova, to face Stephens in US Open semis

first_imgSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams became the oldest semi-finalist in US Open history at age 37 by defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6–3, 3–6, 7–6 (7/2).US ninth seed Williams, seeking her third US Open crown, advanced to a Thursday matchup for a spot in Saturday’s final against 83rd–ranked compatriot Sloane Stephens.Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning at Wimbledon, matched her best Grand Slam showing by outlasting Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6–3, 3–6, 7–6 (7/4).Williams, who improved to 2–4 all-time against the Czech 13th seed, will return to the world top five for the first time since January 2011 after dominating the tie-break.“I’m so fortunate to have won that match. It came down to the wire,” Williams said. “I try to tell myself enjoy the competition, enjoy the battle and I think I was able to do that.”Williams, the oldest Slam semi–finalist since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994, won the 2000 and 2001 US crowns. She was runner–up this year at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and could reach three Slam finals in a year for the first time since 2002.Kvitova battled back from a five-month absence after a knife-wielding home intruder injured her left hand last December.Williams swatted a backhand winner to break for a 5–3 edge and held to take the first set but Kvitova led 3–0 when rain forced a closure of the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.Kvitova fought off two break points in the fifth and seventh games to hold on the way to a third set, then broke to lead 2–1 only to double fault away a break to set up the tie-breaker.If Americans Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe win Wednesday, they will produce the first all-American US Open semi-finals since 1981. “That would be huge,” Williams said, adding, “I’d love that.”“This is amazing,” Stephens said. “I hope there are four Americans in the semi-finals,” she said.Stephens has won 13 of her past 15 matches and matched her 2013 Australian Open semi-final run for best Slam effort. “This is just incredible,” Stephens said. “When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never have dreamed of coming back and having these results. It’s indescribable.”‘I’m not a robot. Sorry.’Sevastova, who matched her best major run from last year at New York by ousting Maria Sharapova to reach the last eight, led 3–1 in the third set before Stephens rallied.“I just told myself to keep fighting and stay consistent,” Stephens said. “I knew if I just stick with it and stayed in every point I’d have my opportunity and I did. I was able to play loose and bam, here we are,” she said.In the tie-breaker, Stephens took four of the last five points, three on Sevastova errors before hitting a down-the-line backhand winner ensured her win to reach the top 35 in next week’s rankings.Sevastova admitted nerves got to her in the tie-breaker, saying, “It’s normal. You play for semi-finals of US Open. I’m not a robot. Sorry.”Czech reigning number one Karolina Pliskova, last year’s US Open runner-up, must reach the final or lose the top spot to already-ousted Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.Men’s resultsSpanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who has not dropped a set, cruised into his first Grand Slam semi-final by defeating Argentine 29th seed Diego Schartzman 6–4, 6–4, 6–2.Carreno Busta, the first player to face four qualifiers in any Grand Slam, booked a Friday semi-final against the later winner between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th seeded American Sam Querrey.“Incredible,” Carreno Busta said. “It’s something that I always dreamed about but something I never thought I was going to arrive here. It’s a great feeling.” Venus Williams US Open 2017 Venus Williams US Open 2017 COMMENTS September 06, 2017 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL × tennis SHARE Published onlast_img read more

Sportscover Sponsorship Fund

first_imgSportscover is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF).$750 grants are available and will be handed out over two rounds, with the first round currently open until Monday, 15 July. The grant is available to all amateur sporting clubs, associations and affiliates. Applicants must be able to provide Sportscover with an interview as well as a photo of the grant being used.The second round will run from Thursday, 1 August until Tuesday, 15 October. A number of grants will be awarded throughout both rounds.To apply for the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund or to view more details, visit http://www.sportscover.com/ssf/. Related LinksSportscover Sponsorshiplast_img

New Mein Schiff 2 Delivered to TUI Cruises

first_imgGerman cruise line TUI Cruises took delivery of New Mein Schiff 2, a next-generation cruise ship, in Kiel on January 22, 2019.Built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the ship was transferred to Kiel at the beginning of January for the final equipment due to icy weather in the Turku archipelago.The 111,500-ton newbuild is a sister ship to New Mein Schiff 1, delivered to the cruise company in April last year. Featuring a length of 315 meters and a width of 36 meters, New Mein Schiff 2 can accommodate 2,894 passengers and 1,092 crew onboard.“The commissioning of our new Mein Schiff 2 marks the successful end of our first expansion phase. Our sixth newbuild by Meyer Turku not only impresses with its design, its inner values are equally convincing: With the use of modern technologies we are setting standards for environmental protection,” Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises CEO commented.With New Mein Schiff 2, Meyer Turku and TUI Cruises have further improved and refreshed the design of the ship.“For us it has been a thrill working with TUI Cruises on the design and construction of this ship. We have redesigned many of the areas of the ship, e.g. the Schau Bar and the restaurant area in front of the aft diamond structure,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.The New Mein Schiff 2, which flies the flag of Malta, will be christened in Lisbon on February 9, 2019. The ship will be baptized during its maiden voyage between Bremerhaven and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with calls in La Coruña, Leixões, Lisbon, Cadiz and Arrecife.Take a closer look at the New Mein Schiff 2 in the video below:Due to the commissioning of the new ship, the previous Mein Schiff 2 was renamed Mein Schiff Herz this January. From February to March, the 77,302-ton vessel will undergo a dry dock overhaul in Marseille, France, TUI Cruises said.The 1997-built cruise ship will continue to be part of the TUI Cruises’ fleet until April 2022 when it will be handed over to the TUI’s UK’s subsidiary Marella Cruises.Image Courtesy: Meyer Turku; Video Courtesy: Unimedienlast_img read more

Maxar stock plunges after shortseller says space companys dividend is at risk

first_imgTORONTO – Maxar Technologies Ltd. stock plunged Tuesday after the formerly-named MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates was targeted by a analyst report from an acknowledged short-seller firm.The company’s shares ended down $7.59 or 13.15 per cent at $50.14 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after Spruce Point Capital Management issued a press release that warned, among other things, that Maxar’s dividend is at risk.Spruce Point also set an intermediate price target for Maxar stock in the range of US$20 to US$25 per share — about half of Maxar’s previous 52-week low of US$42.11 on the New York Stock Exchange.Maxar said Spruce Point’s report contains a number of inaccurate claims and misleading statements.“Maxar believes it is a direct attempt by a short-seller to profit, at the expense of Maxar shareholders, by manipulating Maxar’s stock price,” the company said in a statement.A decline in stock prices tends to benefit short sellers that plan to buy the shares after they’ve fallen.Maxar stock had already fallen every trading day since the space technology company reported second-quarter financial results on July 31.However, 10 out of 11 analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters Eikon rated Maxar a “buy” or “strong buy” on Tuesday and none rated it a “sell” or “strong sell. The mid-point of their estimates was C$62.32.Short-selling is a normal technique used by investment managers and some active individual traders but it is uncommon for firms to issue press releases to draw attention to their analysis.Previous campaigns by other short-sellers have drawn attention to significant problems at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, now renamed Bausch Health Companies Inc., and Sino-Forest Corp.Spruce Point Capital said Maxar may generate US$50 million or less of free cash flow in 2018, after interest expenses and capital spending, leaving “little room” for its US$68 million per year of dividend payments.It also said MacDonald Dettwiler’s acquisition of Space Systems Loral in 2012, and DigitalGlobe in 2017, were poorly timed and executed.MDA — known for providing equipment to the International Space Station, U.S. Space Shuttle program and the Canadian government — changed its name to Maxar last October as part of its DigitalGlobe deal.Companies in this story: (TSX:MAXR)last_img read more

Article 35A hampering dev in JK Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said Article 35A, which restricts non-permanent residents to buy property in Jammu and Kashmir, is “constitutionally vulnerable” and also hampering economic development of the state.The statement comes amidst the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pressing for early elections to the state assembly in the state. The state is under President’s rule and the Union Cabinet takes all policy decisions related to the militancy-hit state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a blog, Jaitley said the seven-decade history of the state of Jammu and Kashmir confronts changing India with several questions. “Was the Nehruvian course, which the state had embarked, a historical blunder or was it the correct course to follow? Most Indians today believe that it is the former. “Does our policy today have to be guided by that erroneous vision or an out of box thinking which is in consonance with ground reality?” Jaitley questioned. The senior BJP leader and in-charge of the party’s campaign committee for general elections said Article 35A was “surreptitiously” included by a presidential notification in the Constitution in 1954. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KArtcle 35A, he said, was neither a part of the original Constitution framed by the Constituent Assembly, nor did it come as a Constitutional Amendment under Article 368 of the Constitution which requires an approval by two-third majority of both Houses of Parliament. “It came as a presidential notification and is a surreptitious executive insertion in the Constitution.” Jaitley further said the Article gives the right to the state government to discriminate between two state citizens living in the state on the basis of declaring some as permanent residents while leaving out the others. It also discriminates between permanent residents of the state and all other Indian citizens living elsewhere, he added. “Lakhs of Indian citizens in J&K vote in Lok Sabha elections but not in Assembly, municipal or Panchayat polls. Their children cannot get government jobs. They cannot own property and their children cannot get admitted to governmental institutions. “The same applies to those who live elsewhere in the country. The heirs of ladies marrying outside the state are disinherited from owing or inheriting property,” the minister added. He said the state does not have adequate financial resources and its ability to raise more has been crippled by Article 35A.last_img read more