Twitter the ET Bandwidth Wagon

first_imgIf you have nothing better to do, send a message to an alien.  Leonard David reported on Space.com that a website in Australia is collecting messages to beam up to a planet named Gliese 581d that is 20.3 light-years away.  Even a Senator who is Australia’s Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research got involved.  To jump on what article calls the “bandwidth wagon”, go to HelloFromEarth.net.    Gliese 581d is an exoplanet 8 times the size of earth.  Once enough messages of 160 characters are collected, they will be beamed at the planet from NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Canberra.     The “Hello from earth” campaign is a project of an Australian science magazine, Cosmos, celebrating National Science Week.  The editor, Wilson da Silva, explained: “We don’t know if there’s life on Gliese 581d and we don’t even know if there’s a technical civilization capable of detecting our signal.  But we do know that it might have the conditions for life.  And as soon as the conditions for life existed on Earth, life emerged.”Notice again that the secular SETI crowd still believes in miracles.  Their word for a miraculous event is that something “emerged”.  It doesn’t matter to them that mathematics shows a chance origin of life is impossible.  It just emerged, o ye of little faith.    Denying belief in God, today’s secular pagans still have a longing for prayer.  So they invent beings like ourselves capable of hearing our prayers and solving our problems.  Notice the spirit of the childish people writing to their invisible friends.  One submission said, “We’re trying to get over wars [on] our planet, but greed is greater that our dreams.  Lots of us know that this is wrong and won’t give up!”  How did evolution teach this person anything is wrong?  Another wrote, “come find me I have a lot of questions to ask!”  If it were true, as da Silva, said that life simply emerged when the conditions were right, that indeed would raise lots of questions.  Chief among them is why particles in motion would ever have a question, and what an answer would signify.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Transforming lives through sport

first_imgHoops 4 Hope participants constructinga basketball court. Mark Crandall, who founded Hoops 4Hope with basketball heavyweightThierry Kita. Zanele Manyube and Thierry Kita.Manyube, who has been with Hoops 4Hope since she was eight years old, isnow an All Star, responsible for 100children.By Lusanda NgcaweniHoops 4 Hope (H4H) is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation that uses sport as a channel to reach children (aged from eight to 16) from impoverished communities and teach them life skills. It was started 13 years ago by former US exchange student and basketball player, Mark Crandall, and local basketball heavyweight Thierry Kita.The duo, who both have a passion for community work, believe that sport is a powerful way to get youth off the streets. They use this opportunity to empower them with tools to help them become responsible young people who are able to make informed choices about the challenges they are faced with daily.“Our ‘Skills for life’ programme deals with issues such as HIV/Aids, conflict resolution, drugs and substance abuse, resilience, gender issues, empathy, focus, integrity, responsibility and time management,” says Kita. These are taught parallel with sports skills.Children among the groups who show leadership potential are “promoted” to become MVPs (most valuable people) and they take over the coaching and life skills training on a voluntary basis. MVPs who are interested then graduate to become All Stars, a salaried full-time position at H4H. They are given the responsibility of managing an entire community, which involves setting up teams, registering them for basketball league, organising tournaments and liaising with the MVPs.They also have about 100 volunteers from South Africa and abroad. With the help of community members, H4H has built about 29 basketball courts in 12 communities.“Together they manage Freedom Day programmes with 500 kids, Youth Day with 600 kids and World Aids Day with 1 000 kids; and they run these events with absolutely no pressure,” Kita says about his young team. He describes the MVPs and All Stars as the “heart and soul of the programme”.“Our model is based on getting young people educating and mentoring young people,” says Crandall. “They can talk about sensitive issues to their peers while building trust, respect and friendship – in their own communities and their own language. We are also building role models that the communities need.”Zanele Manyube is one such role model. She first got involved with H4H when she was eight years old and has been with them ever since. This 19-year-old “went up the ranks”, first becoming an MVP, then an All Star and is now responsible for 100 children from four different schools.She credits part of H4H’s success to the small groups that give children, who wouldn’t necessarily speak up in class, an opportunity to come out of their shell. Furthermore, the rowdy ones who are disruptive in class tend to behave well in a sporting environment. “The H4H teams are divided into groups of 12-to-15 children and the genders are split up. Our life skills programme is interactive and involves a lot of role playing, which is something that a teacher with 45 children in a co-ed class does not get the opportunity to do.”Manyube says H4H contributed to her making “strange choices that have kept me on the right road”. She lists the insidiousness of peer pressure among the things that she has learned. “Some friends can put pressure on you in such a way that you think you’re still in control, but in actual fact you’re not. H4H gives you guidance, but does not make choices for you. I do not regret any of the choices I’ve made, because they’ve been informed choices.”“Zanele is a perfect example of the cycle we’re trying to create in getting the kids involved,” says Crandall about his apprentice. “She is a role model who is teaching children who in turn can be role models for the next generation.”Live for lifeH4H’s interactive HIV/Aids programme, “Live for life” is so effective that it caught the attention of Basketball Without Borders, a programme run be the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US. For three years now H4H has been partnering with Basketball Without Borders to run the annual NBA Camp in Johannesburg, which is now in its fifth year.One hundred teenagers who show the most promise are scouted from all over the continent by three NBA coaches. They are flown to Johannesburg where they spend an entire week with 20 NBA coaches and 10 NBA players, while H4H takes care of the life skills element. Says Kita: “I am encouraged to see our All Stars successfully managing this camp. The NBA reckons we run the best life skills programme out of all the NBA Basketball Without Borders, including Europe and China.”In fact, the Live for Life programme was instrumental in getting H4H funding for Ukusa (isiXhosa for “a new dawn”), the drug and substance abuse intervention programme they’re launching in May this year. “We started acknowledging that tik is a huge problem among Western Cape youth, so we actively looked for sponsorship,” says Kita. “The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) acknowledged the potential we have in dealing with HIV/Aids and recognised that we are the best people for the job.”Ukusa’s success can be attributed to its high retention of youth, through sports. “The closer we keep them to H4H, the higher their chances of beating drug and substance abuse,” Kita says.Another big Skills for Life tool is conflict mediation. H4H is running an inter-cultural programme where every month they bring together children from different races, cultures, genders and economic and social backgrounds. These monthly events culminate in a big annual event where H4H also brings in schools from the US and Europe. “Sport has a cross-cultural understanding, it is an equaliser that puts you in a neutral place and allows you to learn a lot through each other,” says Crandall.Soccer 4 HopeH4H’s latest offshoot is Soccer 4 Hope (S4H) in partnership with Grassroots Soccer, which works very closely with Fifa. “We launched S4H in March 2007 in two schools with two coordinators,” says Kita. “We are now in 16 schools and have 24 coordinators. The growth has been quick, but that is the power of soccer! We’ve even been sponsored with a Mercedes Benz Sprinter bus.”“We mirrored the same programme as H4H,” Crandall adds. “So it was an easy transition. But this time we’re focussing on girls, who have been hugely left out. This is not about creating the best soccer team, but getting kids off the streets, about saving lives.”But that is not to say that their children aren’t at the top of their games. In fact, basketball players who have gone through the H4H rights of passage have always been some of the best in the Western Province, and others have even gone national.“Our strength remains life skills, and as such we have created lessons that help girls deal with challenges associated with gender and risk, and gender and culture,” Kita continues. “It is extremely difficult to be a girl in Africa with the challenges of HIV/Aids and gender violence being part of the culture.”Border crossingH4H, which recently launched in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, has its biggest programme in Zimbabwe, where about 7 800 children participate on a daily basis. “Zim produces a lot of excitement for the youth,” says Kita. “We’re effectively running leagues and championships there. Last month we shipped a container full of sporting goods and a school bus, which allows the kids to move from one competition to the next.”Crandall picks up the story. “We call that our miracle shipment because it arrived in Zim and cleared customs two weeks before the elections! This was a 40ft container with 6 000 pairs of sneakers crammed into a typical American, 20-passenger yellow school bus.”FundraisingH4H has always had a big reaction in the US – where both Crandall and Kita raise funds – and that response continues to grow. They receive shipments of uniforms and sneakers and other equipment. “These things are the hardest for kids to get here, yet in the US kids get a new pair of sneakers all the time, and schools can afford to get new uniforms every five years or so,” says Crandall. “The power of a uniform is that it is a suit of armour for an athlete, it sets him or her apart from the rest.”Crandall spends six months of the year back home in the US where he runs summer basketball camps. “When I show the kids there pictures of where I spend half of the year, they want to be involved. We’ve created a movement in the US where advantaged kids organise sneaker drives in schools. We encourage them to write messages to the recipients on the sneakers. An 11-year-old recently organised a basketball fundraiser with his friends where he raised US $300 in one day. Another kid did an ad for H4H on You Tube. We get emails from kids who say their birthdays or bar mitzvahs are coming up, and they want to use this special day to support other kids. That is the power of sport; the kids connect to the idea of being able to help other kids and they are excited to communicate through soccer or basketball.”H4H has cultivated relationships with international universities, and students volunteer with H4H because “they know we run successful youth programmes”, says Kita. “Kids fundraise to come here. Right now we have a kid from San Francisco who did a sneaker drive to raise funds to get here.”A few months ago H4H opened an office in New York to be able to raise funds more effectively. The organisation has the support of celebrity New York DJ Bobbito Garcia, who gets celebrities such as basketball legend Magic Johnson and singer/rapper Missy Elliot to donate signed sneakers. These are auctioned to raise funds for H4H. Garcia has also done a You Tube ad for H4H on ESPN.Kita is a guest assistant coach with the NBA’s New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. He has a great relationship with the two teams, which he spends time with during the NBA season. Two of the NBA’s top coaches, Larry Brown and Doc Rivers, also support H4H’s fundraising initiatives.One of H4H’s major challenges, though, is securing local funding. “There is such a high demand among communities that want to be involved that we need to hire more people,” says Kita. “The problem is that we’re perceived as a sporting organisation, but if you come half a step closer, you’ll see that our activities are actually life skills. What we do can affect many kids’ behavioural changes, which is key. We recently did a fundraising drive with local Glamour magazine, and that opened a lot of doors, but we have to do more.”Where to from here?H4H has recently opened a youth centre in partnership with Ikamva Labantu, also a non-profit organisation, at the Guguletu Sports Centre in Cape Town. The centre is open daily and young people can participate in a wide range of sporting activities, including chess. There is also a computer centre and HIV testing and counselling services.“As part of our extension plan we have outreach programmes running in Limpopo and Johannesburg,” says Kita. “By next year we will be running fully in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, and in the next three-to-five years we will have a programme running in Soweto.”Useful linksHoops 4 HopeBasketball Without BordersIkamva Labantulast_img read more

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SaaS: Growth, but not Problem Free

first_imgCutter Consortium has released a report by Jeffrey Kaplan titled Software-as-a-Service on the Rise.  The analysis says that their survey gives “proof” that the “interest and adoption of on-demand software solutions is accelerating” and that “a third of organizations are already using SaaS solutions and an equal portion are considering SaaS.”The numbers from the survey do show a jump in interest in SaaS from 34% to 43%, but the number of SaaS users actually hasn’t changed between 2005 and 2006.  One might have expected that, given the overall upward trend of SaaS, the percentage of real SaaS adoptors would have increased over the last year.  That’s a little surprising.  It looks like conversion of tire-kickers into adoptors will be the challenge for 2007.The report also concludes that ROI and cost-effectiveness is the main driver for why companies are moving towards the SaaS model.Kaplan also noted that statisfaction rates of SaaS users slipped from 90% last year to 80% this year.  Kaplan says a drop like that is natural during the early going for any new technology and he attributes it to unrealistic expectations from users of SaaS.  Like any software product users need to do their homework and thoroughly evaluate vendor capabilities before making a selection.Kaplan gives SaaS high marks for reliability and functionality, but in the area of cost savings, the top reason wny SaaS is attracting attention, it hasn’t matched people’s expectations.  Startup costs related to integration and data migration often made the move to SaaS more expensive than expected.SaaS has a lot of positives, but like any technology, it is often hard for reality to live up the hype.last_img read more

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Can Bathroom Fans Be Used to Distribute Heat?

first_imgWhere to run the ductsSemmelhack agrees that a Fujitsu system would be a good fit for Debra’s new house, as long as the air handler and the ducts are located entirely within a conditioned space. He could imagine several ways of accomplishing this in a one-story house in Virginia, including putting the equipment in a conditioned crawl space.Debra is planning on a vented attic and a conditioned crawl space, but she doesn’t think that putting any equipment in the space below the house is a good idea.“I’ll have a vented attic, and a closed conditioned crawl space,” she writes. “But I’m a bit concerned about installing the air handler even in a conditioned crawl space, as I’m rather hyper reactive to mold and still paranoid about exposure to crawl spaces. That’s one reason I’m considering installing the interior fans, to help circulate the bedroom air back to the main room for conditioning and dehumidifying.”A dropped ceiling in a 15-foot-long interior hallway might provide enough room for the equipment, she says, but it would require 8-foot duct runs to reach both the bedrooms and the main living area. “Not exactly very short runs,” she says.That’s a question a Manual D calculation would answer, Jon R replies, although he imagines that the Fujitsu could handle duct runs much longer than what Debra is considering. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds this:I wish I could say I have a conclusive answer to this question: Can you use exhaust fans to create adequate distribution and mixing in bedrooms that are not served by a central ducted system?My own perspective: By the time you purchase two quality fans that are quiet enough, energy-efficient enough, and easily adjusted, you might as well go with a dropped-soffit, ducted hallway solution. Additionally, we need to let go of concerns around installing equipment in properly detailed, conditioned crawls and attics; it’s an irrational bias based on our history of thoroughly confused and dysfunctional “vented” crawls and attics.But I am no HVAC expert, so as I usually do, I checked in with, first, a local HVAC expert — Mark Russwick of ARC Mechanical and then with someone I respect who has actually deployed this type of distribution solution — Carl Seville at SK Collaborative.First, Mark Russwick:“I’m not a fan, no pun intended, [but] will this work in Virginia? Yes, most likely, but the bedrooms are slaves to whatever is happening in the main room and I find bath fans noisy. It’s too bad that someone doesn’t make a single-zone, down-flow air handler, heat pump split system.”Second, Carl Seville (based on comment #18 in the original Q&A thread and this GBA blog of Carl’s):“It works quite well. When there are no guests we leave all upstairs bedrooms doors open and the [minisplit] head in the hallway conditions the upstairs fine including the master suite — we don’t even turn on the head in the master under those conditions.“When we have guests and close the bedroom doors, we use a 190 cfm exhaust fan located above the hallway minisplit that is ducted into the two front bedrooms. It is on a relay that turns it on whenever the minisplit is on with an override switch that allows us to turn if off when we don’t want to use it. (We keep it off most of the time.) We will also turn on master bedroom head as well when doors are closed.“The front bedrooms have jumper ducts to the hallway to equalize pressure when the doors are closed and the fan is running. We have found that without the fan, the bedrooms will be noticeably warmer or cooler or more humid than the rest of the house if doors are closed. This summer my wife was ironing in one room with the door closed and the fan off and it was about 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. With that tight an envelope (0.88 ach50) even an iron can heat up a room.”My parting perspective: Carl’s home, its performance, and the configuration of his exhaust fan solution all are significantly more honed than the dual exhaust fan approach that Debra is proposing. Carl’s solution isn’t really evidence that contradicts my or Mark’s concerns; rather, I think it supports the need for a more sophisticated approach. RELATED ARTICLES Could bath fans help keep air fresher?If using low-volume bathroom fans won’t solve the heat distribution problem, Bill Dietze wonders, wouldn’t they at least help keep air in the bedrooms seem fresher?“If the doors were shut at night or a teenager wanted the door shut all the time, then it seems to me that an extra 30 to 50 cfm per bedroom might be nice,” he writes.If fresh air is the goal, Holladay replies, the best approach would be a mechanical ventilation system — ideally a balanced system that both exhausts stale air and blows in fresh air from the outside. Either a heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator would work.“If you have odors,” he says, “the idea is to remove stale air from the smelly rooms, and introduce some fresh outdoor air.” Sorry, the plan won’t workGBA senior editor Martin Holladay gives Debra two reasons why this is not a good idea.“The first relevant factor is the specific heat of air, which is relatively low. In other words, a cubic foot of air can’t hold much heat,” Holladay writes. “The specific heat of air is 0.0182 Btu/cf/°F.“The amount of heat that a fan can move is calculated using this formula:“Heating BTUs = (cfm of the fan) x (delta-T) x 1.08“It isn’t much.”There’s another reason, he adds, and that’s the relatively low delta-T (the difference in air temperature between the main room and the bedrooms). Holladay explains it this way:“It’s really hard to raise the temperature of a 65°F room using 72°F air. It’s a lot easier to do that with a furnace, because the furnace has access to 150°F or 160°F air.” Plus, a furnace would have a much more powerful fan, one capable of moving 800 cfm, not the 150 cfm that’s possible with a bathroom fan.“The bottom line: Install a ductless minisplit in the main living area,” Holladay says. “Your bedrooms will probably be comfortable if your house has a good thermal envelope, and if your bedroom windows aren’t very big. If you are worried, install a small electric heater in each bedroom. You probably won’t need to turn on the electric heater very often, if at all.” This simplified heat distribution system would let Debra skip baseboard heaters and programmable thermostats for the bedrooms. But will it work?That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.center_img Still, the fans would helpHolladay’s formula suggests to Debra that bathroom fans, while maybe not a perfect solution, would certainly help. She thinks they could provide at least half the heat the bedrooms would need when doors are closed at night (“one of us snores loudly,” she explains).“So, the fans would reduce how cold the rooms will get,” she says. “And the baseboard heaters would supplement that, if needed. I might not mind bedroom temperatures down to 60°F.”“We’ll leave the bedroom doors open during the day,” she says. “We can’t afford a second minisplit for the bedrooms, but are seriously considering using one for the main living area.”Jon R adds that a 150 cfm fan will move about one-half the heat provided by an open door. If Debra does decide to use fans, he suggests installing them in pairs — one for supply and one for exhaust. The ducted minisplit solutionGiven Debra’s estimated heating loads, Dana Dorsett suggests a 1.5-ton Fujitsu Halcyon would work, or possibly even the smaller 1-ton unit.Unlike a wall-mounted ductless minisplit head, a ducted minisplit distributes conditioned air to nearby spaces via a fan and dedicated ducts. But the units are not nearly as powerful as a conventional air handler, and duct layout is crucial.“The layout matters, and don’t put the ducts up in an unconditioned attic,” Dorsett says. “The miniduct cassette need not be placed in the utility room. They’re pretty small, and can be installed in the ceiling of a closet or in a small drop-down soffit, but it has to be planned for. Unlike their competitors, the Fujitsu units can be mounted vertically in a small side-compartment to a closet or wall, making access for maintenance and service pretty easy.“These things aren’t nearly as powerful as bigger-deal air handlers, and these systems take some amount of careful design and installation competence, but it seems like the ‘right’ solution to your house,” Dorsett adds. “Mounting it somewhat central to the house with very short duct runs helps. Doing the traditional duct-designer’s approach of running the ducts all the way to the exterior walls placing the register under/over a window probably won’t work.”A vertically mounted ducted unit was described in a similar thread last year by John Semmelhack, Dorsett notes. In that thread, Dorsett cautioned that finding an HVAC installer who could design ducts for such a system might prove tough.In Debra’s case, Dorsett says that assuming heating loads in the rooms that will be closed off from the rest of the house are very low, they could still be kept comfortable with the heat provided by a wall-mounted minisplit in the main area. “But,” he adds, “that usually involves limiting the window sizing in the bedrooms and using triple-pane glazing in those rooms.” Debra’s new house in southwestern Virginia will be a one-story design of 1,344 square feet with half the space devoted to a single, open room and the remaining area divided into two bedrooms, two baths, and a utility room. The main source of heat will be in the open room, and in the absence of a conventional forced air heating system, Debra’s quandary is how to distribute the heat evenly.Heating loads for this Climate Zone 4A house are relatively modest — about 14,000 Btu per hour. Between small baseboard heaters and leaving doors open, the bathrooms and utility room should have enough heat. It’s getting heat to the bedrooms that’s looking more problematic. In a post at the Q&A forum, Debra wonders whether low-output bathroom fans can be used for heat distribution.“We are interested in using a couple of Panasonic bathroom fans to send warm air from the main room to each bedroom, using 6-inch metal ducts going straight about 15 feet (within the building envelope),” she writes. “The fans have adjustable speeds, and at the highest speed of 150 cfm they could change over the air in each bedroom in just 7 minutes (which might be too much).“Seems like that could do a fairly decent job of evening out the heat between the main room and the bedrooms,” she continues. “I don’t care if the bedrooms are a few degrees cooler, though.” Using a Bath Fan to Equalize Room TemperaturesGreen Basics: Heat DistributionJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseRules of Thumb for Ductless Minisplits Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems? 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2015 World Cup Finals on TV!

first_imgRelive the 2015 Touch World Cup Open’s finals on Channel Nine and GEM! The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals, featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast from Sunday, 31 May with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday afternoon NRL timeslot (NSW and NT). In Queensland, the games will be broadcast earlier on Channel Nine’s GEM channel. Full times and dates of the broadcast can be found below. The Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport. Australia continued its domination of the Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title, including wins in each of the three Open’s divisions. Don’t miss the 2015 Touch World Cup finals at the following times:New South Wales/ACT (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:30pm followed by Titans v BulldogsQueensland (GEM)  Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 9.30am Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 10.00am Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 10.00amNorthern Territory (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:00pm followed by Dragons v SharksWomen’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:00pm followed by Sharks v RoostersMen’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:00pm followed by Titans v BulldogsTo watch highlights from the 2015 Touch World Cup, please visit the TWC YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/2015touchworldcup. Related LinksWorld Cup on TV!last_img read more

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Stars To Take Part In Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Day Today

first_imgBloomberg Tradebook’s annual Charity Day, now in its fifth year, will bring together employees and celebrity guests on October 27th to raise funds in support of charitable causes around the globe.New and returning celebrity ambassadors will join Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg Tradebook’s President and CEO, Glenn Lesko, and Bloomberg employees on the trading desk in New York, London and Hong Kong, with net trading commissions from the day being donated to the more than 15 charities involved. This year, Charity Day will support a range of causes such as youth development, medical research, environmental conservation and community outreach.“Philanthropy and public service are core values of our company,” said Founder of Bloomberg LP, Michael R. Bloomberg. “We’re proud to welcome new and returning celebrity ambassadors for our fifth annual Charity Day and encouraged to see the positive impact the event has had in our communities around the world.”Charity Day is an opportunity for Bloomberg Tradebook and the financial community to support worthy charitable causes by donating the day’s trading commissions. Since its inception in 2012, Charity Day has raised nearly $4 million in trading commissions earned through futures, equities, options and FX trading. In addition to the events in New York, London and Hong Kong, Bloomberg’s Sao Paulo office celebrated Charity Day on Monday, joining BVSA (Socio-Environmental Investment Exchange) to ring the bell in support of several educational and social projects in Brazil.“As we celebrate our fifth Charity Day, we continue to receive immense support from the industry around our philanthropic endeavors,” said Glenn Lesko, CEO and President of Bloomberg Tradebook. “We’re excited to engage our employees and clients in Bloomberg’s strong tradition of giving back, raising money and awareness around several important causes.”Michael R. Bloomberg and Tradebook CEO and President Glenn Lesko will be joined in New York by:Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation – Musician and philanthropist, Jon Bon JoviVictor Cruz Foundation – NY Giants wide receiver, Victor CruzChild Mind Institute – Television personality, Donny DeutschBoomer Esiason Foundation – Former NFL quarterback, Boomer EsiasonJumpstart – Actress, Rene GoldsberryJoyful Heart Foundation – NY Giants linebacker, Mark HerzlichEndometriosis Foundation of America – Author, Executive Producer & Host of Top Chef, Padma LakshmiGod’s Love We Deliver and UNICEF – Actor, Kyle MaclachlanCity in the Community Foundation – New York City FC Sporting director, Claudio ReynaHappy Hearts Fund – Model, Anne VyalitsynaIn the London office, Bloomberg Tradebook welcomes the following charities and their ambassadors:Blue Marine Foundation – Singer-songwriter, James BluntHaven House Children’s Hospice – Singer and television presenter, Rochelle HumesThe Prince’s Trust – Football manager, Gareth SouthgatePlace2Be – Model and actress, Suki WaterhouseSupporting Charity Day in Hong Kong will be:Asia Society – Model and actress, Coco ChiangThe Nature Conservancy – Model, Danielle GrahamThe Nature Conservancy – Producer and activist, Sean Lee DaviesOrbis – Actress and singer, Gigi LeungKELY Support Group – Comedian, Vivek MahbubaniThe Nature Conservancy – Model, Sofia WakabayashiBloomberg and its global agency brokerage business, Bloomberg Tradebook, are involved in numerous philanthropic causes year round. In 2015, more than 9,800 employees volunteered more than 86,800 hours with 300 charities in 56 cities around the world. The company’s philanthropy and engagement program supports causes and efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life worldwide.To see highlights from previous Charity Day events, please visit www.bloombergtradebook.com/charity-day/last_img read more

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Opinion Braxton Miller should be starting quarterback for Ohio State in 2015

OSU redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is set to compete with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for a starting spot in 2015.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhen Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending shoulder injury last fall, my first thoughts weren’t about how the Buckeyes would do without him during the 2014 season, but how good they would be with him coming back in 2015.Heading into the 2014 campaign, Miller was to be the senior leader of the team and was a Heisman hopeful. What he was able to do with the talent he had around him in his first three seasons as the signal caller was quite impressive. Play-calling from coaches, the lack of talent at wide receiver and multiple turnovers that were out of Miller’s control led to missed opportunities. And that was just in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State.Last year’s OSU team wasn’t supposed to be as good as they were without Miller; they definitely weren’t supposed to win it all. With a year of young players getting a chance to develop, such as wide receivers and the offensive line, things couldn’t look better for the 2015 team.You get your best player back on the field and everyone else around him ­­— who once slowed him down — all had the chance to improve. And boy, did they ever.Miller is currently rehabbing his shoulder after surgery to repair a torn labrum, so for me to say he should be the starter at this moment would be foolish, but if he is 100 percent healthy by the first game, I believe there is no better option.He has gone against and beat out redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones consistently and I don’t think the experience they gained is enough to take the starting job — although you couldn’t ask for better experience. Miller hasn’t gotten any worse and I don’t think it would be wise to sit him out before he is given the chance to lose the job on his own.Before the Big Ten tile game in which OSU beat Wisconsin, 59-0, Jones didn’t appear to be very good. We knew he had an arm and could run, but every time we saw him get reps or in a spring game, he was unimpressive to say the least. They say practice makes perfect, but I’m not convinced that a year of second-team reps all of a sudden made him a better quarterback and player than Miller.Not to mention Jones couldn’t beat out Barrett for the job when Miller went down, so although what he did in the final three games of last season was pure greatness and he will forever hold a place in my heart as a fan, I would bet he comes back down to earth during a full season of constant hits and maybe after the defense lets him down a little.Barrett is a guy that has all the mechanics, but lacks the “wow” factor. He can manage the offense very well, but when it’s time to go out and win a game for his team, I believe he lacks that instinct. At this time he would be better suited watching another year of the explosiveness Miller brings on every play.The younger quarterbacks will only benefit from another year of developing, and as the more experienced man, Miller should be the one starting in the fall.Either way, OSU should have no problem running the table in the Big Ten with whomever coach Urban Meyer chooses to be the signal caller. Although with Miller, games might be over a little faster. read more

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Hodgson comments on Puncheons return

first_imgRoy Hodgson has warned Jason Puncheon he can’t guarantee him more playing time but says his performance in Crystal Palace’s Carabao Cup win improved his chances.Puncheon, 32, wore the captain’s armband in their 1-0 victory over Swansea City as it was his first game for the club since last December.It was also his first appearance since he was fined and given community service in June for his part in a brawl outside a nightclub.Alexander Sorloth was the hero of the night by scoring the solitary goal of the game and the first since his £9 million move from FC MidtyjllandJoel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“His [Puncheon] state of mind was fine,” Hodgson said.“He’s a good professional and I’ve no problem with that at all. He wants to play more and I’ve told him I can’t guarantee that because it’s in midfield that we are at our most competitive. But this performance improved his chance of playing.“If he insists he wants to be playing week-in-week-out I can’t guarantee that, but he’s still a good player and was important in our victory.“I’m very happy with the result because in football you have enough bad days. This was a good win against a more than a bona fide opponent because Swansea are a good side.”last_img read more

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Stefano Pioli unhappy with Fiorentinas display

first_imgFiorentina’s manager Stefano Pioli has expressed regrets over the 1-0 defeat to Napoli after a poor display in the game.Ancelotti’s men returned to winning ways thanks to a solitary goal from Lorenzo Insigne late in the game.“We had a good performance overall, but also have the quality to do far better,” the Viola Coach told Sky Sports Italia.“There were few risks in the opening 15 minutes, and there were situations where we could’ve been more effective. It’s natural to struggle a little against a side of such quality, but 10 minutes from time we had a big mistake and paid a heavy price.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I think this defeat is more our fault than giving credit to Napoli. We tried to take the initiative but could’ve done more and created more problems for their defence.“Errors can happen, but the important thing is never to settle, always go for the victory. Even if we played with character at the Stadio San Paolo, we leave with the regret that we could’ve done more.“It’s a growth process, it’ll take time, and this performance shows we can get results even in difficult arenas like this.”last_img read more

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