#WATCH Limerick endorsed as IDA tech hub for FDI

first_imgNewsBreaking news#WATCH Limerick endorsed as IDA tech hub for FDIBy Staff Reporter – September 26, 2016 749 Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisementcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival [email protected] Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleKnots and Crosses in unison at BelltableNext articleBaroque bias to ‘Il Furidondo, the Madman’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email NIall O’Callaghan IDA Business Development Manager speaking at the launch of @wpengine bringing 100 jobs to LimerickNiall O’Callaghan IDA Business Development Manager speaking at the launch of @wpengine bringing 100 jobs to LimerickTHE access to a wealth of talented graduates and an experienced workforce in Limerick has become a key tool for the IDA in selling and attracting the region to FDI companies.For the second week in a row and the third major announcement of jobs for the city and county, a US company has cited the talent pool and the access that Limerick has to wider markets as being key decision making factors for firms to move in and set up in the city and county.Following significant announcements by Ortec Inc and Fazzi Helathcare Services in recent weeks, Texas based WP Engine has decided to build its technical support and innovation centre on the city’s foundations as it plans to roll out 100 high-end over the next three years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The move has been seen as further endorsement of Limerick’s emerging “tech hub” [email protected] CEO Heather Brunner said that the attractiveness in coming to Limerick was spearheaded by the work of the IDA during the consultation process.Watch our video interviews.Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Mayor of the City and County Cllr Noel Gleeson said: “It’s the second week in a row that Limerick has been the centre of a significant jobs announcement. WP Engine is the leader in delivering managed services for premium websites built on WordPress.  Approximately five per cent of the online world visits a website powered by WP Engine every day.  The opening of the centre, will further support the surging demand for managed WordPress across EMEA.”The new Technical Support and Innovation Centre will serve more than 50,000 brands in 69 EMEA countries.Director of Economic Development and Interim Chief Operating Officer with Limerick Twenty Thirty, Dr Pat Daly said: “WP Engine’s announcement shows that with the right mix of available office space, motivated and highly skilled and available talent, Limerick is the place for companies to locate.  The plans being developed and implemented means that the city centre is the location for companies wishing to invest.” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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“Dancing With The Stars” Pro Emma Slater Excited for O.C. Show on May 11

first_imgEmma Slater and former New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings celebrate their 2017 championship on “Dancing With the Stars.” (Photo credit: ABC)  By Tim KellyIn the highly competitive worlds of ballroom dancing, theater, film and television, Emma Slater has thrived. Her will to compete will be in evidence May 11 in Ocean City, even though the show Slater will headline then, “Ballroom With a Twist” won’t have judges or a scoreboard.“I’m a very competitive person,” allowed Slater, a professional choreographer and dancer and the “Dancing With the Stars” 2017 champion. “It’s not like I want to go out and try to outdo the other dancers,” she continued. “We’re all great friends. I do want to represent (DWTS) in a way that reflects what has made it (so popular).”“Ballroom With a Twist” is a smash hit touring stage production that brings together Slater with DWTS castmate Tristan McManus and dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance?” as well as vocalists from “American Idol” in a mash-up of some of the most successful network entertainment reality shows.It makes a stop in Ocean City at the historic Music Pier on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40 are available by calling 609-399-6111 or by visiting http://www.ocnj.us/boxoffice/ or at the website www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.It’s a rare chance for fans used to seeing Slater on TV paired with a celebrity partner, as she was with former New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings to win the 2017 DWTS title, up close and live.  Emma Slater performs a dance routine with Drew Scott of the HGTV show “Property Brothers.” (Photo credit: ABC)“Ballroom With a Twist” showcases the moves of samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, jive along with the hit songs performed by the “Idol” vocalists.The show represents the latest steps in the 30-year-old Slater’s rapidly and still ascending career path. She has been in formal dance training since the age of 10, and won a string of ballroom competition titles en route to earning a Top 10 world ranking and representing her native United Kingdom in international competitions.In 2008, she was a featured dancer in the film “Mama Mia” starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and sang on its Grammy-nominated soundtrack album. In live theater, she performed in the hit shows “Simply Ballroom,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Burn the Floor,” which included an extended run on Broadway and a world tour of seven countries.Despite such a well-rounded resume, “Dancing With the Stars” is what made Slater herself a star. She joined the show as a troupe dancer in 2012, and three years later was named as one of the professional dancers for the show’s 17th season.“That’s the usual route (to earning a starring spot on the show),” Slater said during a phone interview with OCNJDaily.com. That period was also notable because Slater choreographed the opening numbers for each of the shows and did partner work with male troupe dancer Sasha Farber, whom she dated for years and married in 2018 following Farber’s on-air proposal.“On our show you must constantly come up with new things and re-invent yourself,” said Slater, who referenced the show’s staying power in the ratings and with its loyal fanbase.Rashad Jennings, former New York Giants running back, and Emma Slater, 2017 Dancing With the Stars champions. (Photo Credit: ABC)Slater’s latest re-invention includes a move one might not expect. “I just earned my real estate license,” she said, noting her spouse had done the same.One of her celebrity partners, Drew Scott of the HGTV show “Property Brothers” with whom Slater finished fourth in season 25, may have planted the seed.“I’m living in one of the top real estate markets of the world,” Slater said of her Beverly Hills address. “We’re having some great experiences, and we might try to develop a real estate show of some kind.”Over the years she’s been paired with a diverse group of celebrity partners, including actor-comedian Bill Engvall, former presidential candidate Rick Perry, actor Billy Dee Williams, ex-NASCAR race car driver Michael Waltrip, former baseball player Johnny Damon and ex-“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider.In the process, she developed her own star power and became one of the more popular professional dancers to appear on the show.“I kind of developed into the professional who seemed to be paired with the celebrities who were either older or not considered to have a real chance to win,” she said. “It never that I thought I couldn’t win, I thought I wouldn’t win.”That changed when she was paired with the young and athletic Jennings to win her first DWTS title.  So where does she keep the famed mirror ball trophy?“It’s in a spot in our dining room where you can see it from any angle,” she noted.And does the highly-competitive Emma ever needle her spouse that Sasha has yet to pick up a DWTS crown of his own?“Never,” the suddenly non-competitive star said. “I look at it as we both won it. What’s mine is yours, what’s yours is mine. When he does win, I will consider it my victory, too.”Emma Slater married dance pro Sasha Farber after partnering with him on the hit ABC show “Dancing With the Stars.” (Photo Credit: BBC)last_img read more

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Broadway and Children’s Theater Series Ticket Sales Coming Up

first_imgTickets for two popular summer theater series in Ocean City will go on sale starting 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3.The Ocean City Pops orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company will bring a professional cast to town for performances of the musicals “The Producers” and “The Sound of Music.” OCTC also will bring a variety of favorites to life in “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk.” The annual Children’s Theater Series will bring five different morning shows to the Ocean City Music Pier.Details on the Broadway Series are as follows:“Broadway on the OC Boardwalk” (7:30 p.m. June 24, Ocean City Music Pier): Professional performers in OCTC’s 2020 summer season sing many of Broadway’s classics. Tickets are $18 to $20.“The Producers” (7:30 p.m. July 7, 8 and 10; 2 p.m. July 9; Hughes Performing Arts Center): The Ocean City Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company present the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with a comedic book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Tickets are $30.“The Sound of Music” (7:30 p.m. August 4, 5, 7 and 8; 2 p.m. August 6, Hughes Performing Arts Center): The Ocean City Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company team up to bring one of the world’s most beloved musicals to the stage. The show features family-friendly songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number. Tickets are $30 or $25 for children 12 and under.The Children’s Series will include:“The Kid Who Ran for President” (10:30 a.m. June 30 and July 3, Ocean City Music Pier): This musical tells the story of an unlikely 12-year-old presidential candidate who gets some media attention that ignites the political voices of children around the nation.“Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical” (10:30 a.m. July 7, Ocean City Music Pier): Based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, this a fun and touching family musical in which Freckleface and friends learn to “love the skin they’re in.”“Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move” (10:30 a.m. July 14, Ocean City Music Pier): Based on Judith Viorst’s book, this play was commissioned and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.“Tilly the Trickster” (10:30 a.m. July 21, Ocean City Music Pier): Based on the book by “Saturday Night Live” alum Molly Shannon, this production introduces us to a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble.“Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut” (10:30 a.m. July 28, Ocean City Music Pier): Allie was a typical 8-year-old until one day she was chosen for a very special mission. On a journey through the solar system, she is about to discover that friendship just might be the most important thing in the whole universe—but only the audience can help her figure it out.Advance tickets for all children’s shows are $10 (they will be $12 on the day of). Tickets for the Broadway Series and Children’s Series will be available starting Feb. 3 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at Ocean City’s welcome centers at City Hall and on the Route 52 causeway.Also starting Feb. 3, people can visit the same box office sites to reserve spots to enjoy a free concert by the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band.The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 15 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show will feature orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements. The seating will be general admission, and the doors will open at 1:30 p.m.Jackie Evancho will perform on May 9 with the Ocean City Pops. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2020 JACKIE EVANCHO SHOWAfter performing two sold-out shows in 2018, singing sensation Jackie Evancho will return to Ocean City to perform with the Ocean City Pops at the Ocean City Music Pier on May 9. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at the City Hall or Roy Gillian welcome centers.Since she first dazzled American television audiences at age 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” – Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums with sales of more than 3 million in the U.S. All seven of Jackie’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart.In 2019, Evancho returned to “America’s Got Talent – The Champions,” where she stunned the audience with her rendition of Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere.” In April 2019, she turned 19 and in the same week released her latest album, “The Debut.”On the album, she matches her extraordinary voice with one of the most exciting re-emerging genres in popular music today: Broadway’s New American Songbook.ALSO COMING UPBOOK SALE (Feb. 7): The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a one-day book sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The sale will be held in the atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue. Shop for specially-priced books, DVDs and more.NATURE FUN-DAY (Feb. 15): All are invited to a free “Family-Friendly Nature and the Environment Fun-Day” featuring zoo animals, crafts, games, music and stories.The event will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center in the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).Activities will include making your own pine-cone birdfeeder. Sponsors include the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the Ocean City Environmental Commission and the Ocean City Free Public Library.Jasmine, left, and Alexis D’Angelo get up close and personal with a snake at the second annual Nature and the Environment Fun Day in 2019. The annual Children’s Theater Series, such as this one from 2019, (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more

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The top threats to teen drivers may surprise you

first_imgAccording to youth.gov, October 14-20 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the serious risks today’s teens confront on the roads.The Federal Highway Administration reports that there were nearly 10 million licensed drivers aged 19 and younger in the U.S. as of July 2016. And, according to AAA, teen drivers are 9 times as likely as drivers 18 and older to be involved in a crash and 6 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.Statistics like this are sobering for any parent, any teen and anyone who shares the road with these young drivers. Understanding the risks and finding ways to help neutralize them are good first steps in striving for a safer, better driving experience for everyone. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Irvine: Berahino is on right track

first_imgWest Brom head coach Alan Irvine has told Saido Berahino to carry on scoring – despite his latest controversy. Press Association “I have said all along – and I don’t know how many interviews we have sat here talking about it – for any young player it’s important they make the right decisions and choices. Saido has been doing that,” he said. “I can’t judge this instance at this time but I will repeat what I have said many times before and that is, if he continues to make the right decisions he will have a really fantastic future.” The 21-year-old was also called up to the England squad for the first time this month, although did not play against Slovenia or Scotland, though Irvine insisted his arrest was not an issue. “I don’t think there’s any link there,” he added. “Roy (Hodgson) picked Saido, which was great. Saido went along for the experience but in the end, for whatever reason, Roy chose not to play him.” And Irvine insisted this week’s news had not disrupted their preparations for the Gunners. He said: “No it hasn’t been. He didn’t train on Tuesday but trained on Thursday and trained very well. It’s not made any difference, everyone has got on with it which I would expect them to do.” But Berahino is available to face Arsenal at The Hawthorns on Saturday and Irvine wants the eight-goal hitman to continue scoring. He said: “It’s the best way for any footballer to be in any game. “If Saido plays as he has done for most of this season we will all be delighted. “I’ve had a football chat with him and as far as I am concerned his head is in the right place and he’s certainly trained very well. He scored a whole load of goals.” Berahino was stopped for travelling at “high speed” on the M6 motorway on October 22 and, when officers spoke to him, he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He was bailed and is due to return to a Cheshire police station next month, although a date is yet to be fixed. Last season, he was involved in a dressing room bust-up with team-mate James Morrison and was also caught on video inhaling legal high nitrous oxide. But Irvine insisted he has no fears about Berahino’s behaviour. The striker was arrested last month for alleged drink driving with the club only discovering the news on Monday. Irvine found out when a club official contacted him while he was at Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, hours before the news broke. last_img read more

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Instant Galaxies?

first_imgThe Hubble Space Telescope, with its Advanced Camera for Surveys, has taken a peek at the most distant galaxy clusters ever seen.  The astronomers found “embryonic” galaxies in a “proto-cluster” of galaxies, named TN J1338-1942, that they estimate formed a mere 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang.  This find has been reported in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1    The same astronomers had earlier found a cluster named RDCS 1252 that, by 5 billion years after the Big Bang, looked already mature.  The Hubble ACS was used to image the two clusters to study their evolution.  One of the astronomers, John Blakeslee (Johns Hopkins University) remarked, according to the Hubble press release, “Until recently people didn’t think that clusters existed when the universe was only about 5 billion years old.”  Another co-author of the paper, George Miley (Leiden University, Netherlands) added, “until recently astronomers thought it was almost impossible to find clusters that existed 8 billion years ago.”  The new finding pushes the date of early galaxy and cluster formation even further back, to less than 10% the assumed age of the universe.    The newly-discovered cluster RDCS 1252, is virtually indistinguishable from later galaxy clusters.  The Hubble press release states:“The cluster RDCS 1252 looks like a present-day cluster,” said Marc Postman of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., and co-author of both research papers.  “In fact, if you were to put it next to a present-day cluster, you wouldn’t know which is which.”The proto-cluster TN J1338 has a dominant galaxy that appears to be “producing spectacular radio-emitting jets, fueled by a supermassive black hole deep within the galaxy’s nucleus.”  The cluster RD1252 may have thousands of member galaxies, of which only a few are detectable at visible wavelengths.Miley et al., “A large population of ‘Lyman-break’ galaxies in a protocluster at redshift z=4.1,” Nature 427, 47 – 50 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02125.Observations such as these are on the bleeding edge of the possible, so one must be cautious interpreting the results.  Sweeping aside the embedded assumptions about ages and evolutionary histories, there is nothing in these latest images to encourage old gradualistic cosmologies, and much to discourage them.  The lumpiness problem in cosmology (i.e., too much structure too soon) has been a theoretical challenge for decades.  Here is the lumpiness problem intensified.  Not long after the origin of the universe, whenever that was, galaxies seem to be already mature enough to have black holes, heavy elements and grandchildren.  This latest finding is another in a continuing trend of observations that show almost instantaneous structure from an assumed smooth beginning.    Hear the astronomers’ admissions.  No one thought it was even possible to have so much structure so early.  Not long ago, even an 8 billion year old cluster would have been thought impossible, and now 1.5 billion?  How far can you stretch a theory before it breaks?    A similar situation is found in the fossil record, and in the observed complexity of the most “primitive” life on Earth.  What is the common denominator in these three predicaments?  Naturalistic philosophy: the belief that our universe is just unguided matter in motion.  It’s not working.  The Cambrian explosion in paleontology, the discovery of advanced molecular machines in bacteria, and the discovery of mature stars in the early universe were not predicted by evolutionary philosophers, and effectively falsify their assumptions.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Weightlifters No Match for Insects

first_imgFor Olympic season, here are more comparisons between human and animal capabilities.Weightlifting:  The BBC News showed that, as remarkable as it is for a human to lift 2 or 3 times his body weight, leaf-cutter ants do better: 50x their body weight – and they’re not even contenders for the gold.  A male rhinoceros beetle can lift 850 times its own weight – equivalent to a human world champion “lifting six double-decker buses weighing over 8000 kg.”  There’s more: “But, the species to beat is a tiny mite that has been shown holding forces of up to 1180 times its weight and even pull 530 times its weight on a vertical surface.”Sharpshooting:  The same BBC News article included a video of an archer fish hitting its target in the air from underwater, accurate up to 2 meters.  “This expert in ballistics even allows for the curving of the jet through gravity, and adjusts for the way light bends at the boundary between light and air, which appears to shift the position of its target.”   Blood-spitting cobras are pretty accurate with their shots, too.Boxing:  Animal contenders in the boxing ring include male brown hares and kangaroos, who fight as courtship displays.  As reported here June 13, mantis shrimp have the fastest punch known in the animal kingdom, 23 meters per second.Wrestling:  Champion animal wrestlers include red deer and stag beetles, with their “grand antlers and branching jaws” that lock during combat.  A video clip shows a beetle wrestling match.Swimming: Dolphins have the best skin suits to reduce drag, the BBC News said, with thick blubber for a sleek look.  But it would be hard to beat penguin suits, that glide along through a skin of bubbles.  As for long distance records, remember the polar bear that was observed swimming nine days nonstop? (1/25/2011).In other animal news:Elephants emit long-distance infrasound signals using the same vibrating larynx mechanism as humans, Science Daily reported.  Scientists determined this by testing the actual larynx of an elephant that had recently died of natural causes.Bird airlines:  Migrating birds keep remarkable time, PhysOrg reported.  Songbirds as common as the wood thrush” follow a strict annual schedule when migrating to their breeding grounds – with some birds departing on precisely the same date each year.”  A scientist at York University remarked, Much like airplanes, there are many factors that can influence birds’ flight schedules, such as weather at departure and expected conditions at the other end of the journey. Amazingly, these small songbirds are highly consistent in their timing between years.”These are wonderful stories that call for a film or Powerpoint presentation by someone.  A good entry was the Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution series.  Nature is filled with even more captivating events for us human spectators.  Cheer on our animal champions! (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Infrastructure master plan ‘on track’

first_img24 February 2012 The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission is making progress in drawing up South Africa’s infrastructure implementation master plan, which outlines the geographically-defined strategic projects announced earlier this month by President Jacob Zuma. The government is looking at spending R3.2-trillion in the next three years on over 40 major infrastructure projects. Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi told journalists on Thursday that the plan had been discussed during an ordinary Cabinet meeting in Cape Town this week.Geographically-defined strategic projects The geographically-defined strategic projects include a massive integrated rail, road and water infrastructure in Limpopo province, and improvement in the movement of goods between Durban, Free State and Gauteng. There are also moves to beef up the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s economic linkages with KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. In North West province, the plan highlights the need for the roll-out of water, roads, rail and electricity infrastructure, with 10 priority roads earmarked for upgrade. Improvements in the iron ore rail line between Sishen and Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape is expected to create a large number of jobs in the area.Rigorous feasibility assessments’ The National Treasury’s Budget Review for 2012/13, published on Wednesday, notes that not all of the R3.2-trillion projects under consideration will be approved for implementation. The government will choose the most cost-effective ones that offer optimal long-term benefits. “All public sector infrastructure projects will be subjected to rigorous assessment to determine their feasibility,” the Review states. The government is also of the view that the country’s public sector capacity to implement major projects is presently inadequate, and steps are being taken to strengthen planning and implementation capacity at all levels. In his Budget speech on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan outlined a range of measures to boost planning and monitoring capacity in government departments and municipalities to ensure that they carry out major projects and allocate the necessary spending on them in an efficient way. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Lima plants the seeds of security

first_imgJust under 20% of the South Africa’s households are directly involved in and dependent on the agriculture sector according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). (Images: Lima)A slowing economy coupled with rising unemployment figures means many people have little choice but to grow some of their own food to ensure food security for their families. Thousands of vulnerable households across the country have benefitted from food security projects through Lima Rural Development Foundation.The foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) established in 1989, is one of the organisations leading the charge to use agriculture to empower South Africa’s rural communities.The development of the communities the organisation worked with was “central to Lima’s focus”, explained Duncan Stewart, its managing director. He was speaking at the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. “Our donors and clients have been relentless in their support of our initiatives. Lima presently has 78 active projects that are being funded by our generous supporters.”It has implemented and is running rural development projects in all nine of South Africa’s provinces to ensure its services reach as many rural and urban communities as possible. It works through partnerships with several private and government entities such as the Department of Human Settlements and Mondi, the packaging and paper company.LIMA’S IMPACT ON RURAL COMMUNITIESAs part of Lima’s efforts over the years to alleviate poverty in South Africa’s rural communities, the NGO has established numerous training and economic development programmes in areas where it has identified the need.A large portion of its efforts has gone to aiding the transformation of the agricultural sector and raising the level of black economic empowerment, with marked efforts to empower women in particular.Among Lima’s many projects are its food security programmes, which help combat poverty and malnutrition in rural areas where food insecurity levels are highest. Given rising levels of HIV and Aids coupled with increasing unemployment, people are given little choice but to grow their own food as prices escalate and opportunities to earn an income dwindle.The foundation helps in this regard to increase food production in selected households by providing nutrition education, technical support and infrastructural development.Its projects cover a wide variety of subjects, such as developing community and school gardens for fresh produce, proper fencing and best practices to reduce costs such as irrigation systems that involve harvesting rain water, pest control and effective composting.Services go on to include disease control, establishing Aids support groups, clubs for the elderly, community-based care givers, homes for orphaned children as well as supporting and developing schools.RURAL LIVELIHOODSUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIESAccording to the foundation’s website, more than 5 000 vulnerable households across the country have benefited from Lima’s food security projects alone, with thousands more benefitting from other projects such as its engineering or housing projects.“The warmth and love that we receive from rural communities every day is what keeps us sane and motivated,” Stewart said in concluding the foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration. “The dreams and visions of the communities define our future agenda and from them we take our lead.”For more information about the activities of the Lima Rural Development Foundation, visit its website or get in touch via its contact us page.last_img read more

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Find Your Whole Social Graph on Facebook at Once With FBFriendFinder

first_imgWe’ve just found a new application for finding your Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections and other friends from around the web on Facebook – all at once and all quite simply.This tool is called FBFriendFinder. It comes from the Dutch web dev shop Open & Sociaal, and it works like a charm by using OAuth, Facebook Connect and contact export functions to gather enough data to organize a user’s social graph. The most interesting part, however, isn’t the technology but the business model. You have to read it to believe it.First, FBFriendFinder makes the friend-finding part of the process as user-friendly as possible, eliminating clicks and needless navigation whenever possible: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Also, we appreciate the app’s acknowledgement of our “crazy lifestyle.” And now, we’re off to ditch these pajama pants we’ve been sporting since the weekend and just go bananas. It’s our crazy lifestyle calling to us – the crazy lifestyle we never knew we had.A sincere congratulations to the FBFriendFinder dude for creating a handy and monetizable application. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit FBFriendFinder has take the much maligned approach of actually requiring users to pay for the service. Users are charged around one American penny per friend found, give or take. The site integrates with PayPal, so the process is quick and painless. After we paid our fee, we were able to scroll through a slideshow of our social graph (albeit with a lot of same-name duplicate accounts) to find and add those friends to our Facebook network. This process was a tiny bit buggy and required some back-and-forth navigation (it seems our friends at The Next Web had the same problem), but overall, the experience was well worth the five bucks it took to find these friends without having to manually hunt them down ourselves or rely on Facebook suggestions. Related Posts last_img read more

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