Ember Inns invite pub goers to ‘drink pink’ in March

first_img Ember Inns has partnered with Against Breast Cancer to encourage drinkers at its 171 pubs to swap their usual drink during March for a glass of rose wine, with 5p donated to the charity for every glass sold.Ember Inns’ staff will be back the campaign by organising fundraising events. on 20 March, staff will wear pink clothing at work ahead of Mother’s Day, and other events include pink-themed quiz nights and flower-arranging evenings in some pubs. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 March 2006 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: corporate Advertisement Ember Inns invite pub goers to ‘drink pink’ in Marchlast_img read more

USS Vicksburg Completes Visit to Bahrain

first_img Training & Education USS Vicksburg Completes Visit to Bahrain June 4, 2012 View post tag: USS Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) completed a regularly scheduled port visit to Bahrain, May 28.Sailors had the chance to explore the rich culture in Bahrain, while continuing U.S. 5th Fleet efforts to foster regional partnerships with locals in the country. “Our Sailors displayed an incredible amount of professionalism ashore which can be directly linked to the positive relationship we have with Bahrain,” said Lt. Cmdr. Noble Hetherington III, operations officer aboard Vicksburg. “By interacting with the local Bahrainis, we impact their view of Americans.”They were able to take advantage of the naval facilities in Bahrain, although Sailors still stood duty and performed regular maintenance on equipment while in port.“Sailors were excited to have access to things like the post office and Navy Exchange,” said Hetherington. “Most ports we visit don’t offer these facilities.”In addition to facilities on base, Sailors took part in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours such as go-cart racing, a beach barbeque at a local resort, fishing, a local water park and a Bahrain dolphin resort.“I went to the beach barbeque,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Derek Marsik, assigned to Vicksburg. “I had a great time, it was the perfect place to relax and unwind.”Other Sailors took advantage of downtime and the city of Manama.“I was impressed by the continued growth of the city since I was here last,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Tywone James. “This is the 12th time I’ve been here and every one has been friendly every time I’ve visited. The facilities were even better than I remember them being and I definitely want to come back for the Formula One series one day.”Vicksburg is on its final deployment, operating with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, and is slated to decommission in 2013.Vicksburg is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 4, 2012 View post tag: completes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navalcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Bahrain Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vicksburg Completes Visit to Bahrain View post tag: Visit View post tag: Navy View post tag: Vicksburglast_img read more

How to Address an Alien

first_imgHow would you like this job: your assignment is to be the speechwriter for planet earth.  You are to figure out what our first message is to the aliens – to give them a good first impression as we introduce the human species to the galactic community.  “No kidding? What does it pay?”    Believe it or not, there is someone who has the title of “Director of Interstellar Message Composition.”  His name is Douglas Vakoch, and he is with the SETI Institute (his day job is Chair of the Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies).  You can read what he thinks about making a good first impression in his article at Space.com, “How we present ourselves to aliens.”    Vakoch seems convinced that if contact is ever made, we will find the aliens to be much more intelligent than ourselves.  That’s because they would have sent their signal long ago, and would have had time to evolve far beyond us.  That being the case, we would have to approach them with humility instead of hubris.  But even sharing tidbits of what little we know might be a good approach.  To support this, he used an analogy from the Bible:What might surprise ET is how well humans get by, even when we are a bit inaccurate.  Though we now know that the value of p[i] is 3.14159 …  (and on it goes into infinity), earlier mathematicians used much cruder estimates of p [sic, pi].  For example, when wise King Solomon was planning a bathing area in the great temple he was constructing, its specifications indicated that the pool would have a radius of 5 units and a circumference of 30 units.  If you plug these numbers into the equation for calculating the circumference of a circle, you’ll see that the value of p[i] was estimated to be 3.  While this number underestimates p[i] by about 5%, by all accounts, the temple turned out to be quite spectacular.  Perhaps the most important message that ET could gain from this example is that in spite of our imperfections and miscalculations, we humans are capable of moving forward, sometimes with a fair amount of style.It was not a bathing area, like a swimming pool, as Vakoch intimated.  It was the bronze laver for the priests to use when offering sacrifices.  Bible scholars have answered this apparent inaccuracy of pi in several ways (see Creation on the Web and article by Russell Grigg).  Incidentally, speaking of the period of Solomon’s Temple, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced discovery of seals and pottery from the First Temple Period in digs nearby the Temple Mount.  At least there is some hard evidence for it, unlike for SETI.    Regardless of the mathematical acumen of Solomon’s engineers, the point Vakoch is making is that humans need to embrace their imperfections and not let our galactic adolescence deter us from trying to make a good impression.  “Who knows? They might be surprised, perhaps even pleasantly so, to discover a young civilization that would initiate a conversation in which each exchange could take hundreds or thousands of years,” he ended.  “Wise old extraterrestrials might even admire our audacity for believing that, in spite of our shortcomings, humans may continue to exist in the coming centuries – perhaps even long enough to receive a reply from ET.”If anyone needs proof that SETI believers are just as nutty as any cultist, look no further.  We haven’t seen a blip on our antennas for 40 years, and this guy is already wanting to grovel in front of the feet of the Wise Old Extraterrestrials.  W.O.E.    Look; all you have to tell them is, “Kiss me; I’m Irish.”  That’s no blarney.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Improving yields, despite lower commodity prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Conklin’s Pro Grower day, world record soybean producer Kip Cullers shared how to improve yields yet this year, even at these lower commodity prices.last_img

M.P. returns over 25% of target under PMAY

first_imgMadhya Pradesh has surrendered more than a quarter of its allotted Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) houses for this financial year, giving up 2.32 lakh out of a total 8.32 lakh houses. This is the first time any State has done so, according to senior officials from the Union Rural Development Ministry which administers the scheme.The housing scheme aims to ensure that every rural Indian family has a pucca house with basic amenities by 2022, and expects to build a total of 2.95 crore houses by then. The nationwide target for this financial year 2019-20 is 60 lakh houses.“The State targets were determined in February 2019 and Madhya Pradesh was allotted a total of 8.32 lakh houses under the Annual Action Plan approved by the Empowered Committee. However, on July 31, we got a letter from the MP government that they wished to surrender 2.32 lakh houses this year,” a senior Rural Development Ministry official, who did not wish to be named, told The Hindu. “The State indicated that it was not in a position to construct [the original target] this year.”“This is an unprecedented situation and it is not good for the State to reduce its target. At the end of the day, it delays housing for lakhs of its people,” said another senior Ministry official, who also did not wish to be identified. “It seems that the Congress government’s farm loan waiver scheme may be reducing the State’s ability to meet its share for other schemes.”Under PMAY (G), each beneficiary is given a total of ₹1.2 lakh to construct a pukka home, with a hygienic kitchen space. (The amount is ₹1.3 lakh for hilly States, difficult areas and tribal and backward districts which come under the Integrated Action Plan.) The cost is split in a 60:40 ratio between the State and Central governments in plain areas, and a 90:10 ratio in northeastern and Himalayan States. Thus, State governments must bear a share of the cost of the flagship Central scheme.In the last three financial years, Madhya Pradesh has been second only to West Bengal in the number of houses constructed under PMAY (G), completing more than 13 lakh houses since 2016, according to government data.Soon after the Union budget was presented in July, MP Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot had complained that the State’s share of tax revenue had been slashed by ₹2,700 crore, calling it a “huge loss” and a “betrayal” of the people of the State by the NDA government.When the State’s Congress government presented its own maiden budget, it increased its budgetary allocation for farmers by 145% over the previous year to ₹22,736 crore. In keeping with poll promises to implement a farm loan waiver scheme, the State’s Finance Minister said the loans of 20 lakh farmers had been waived, to the tune of ₹7,000 crore, over two months. Asn additional ₹8,000 crore was set aside for the remaining farmers, he said.The Congress government has been slow to come on board with some other flagship schemes of the Central BJP-led government. Only 9,304 of MP’s approximately 80 lakh farmers had received the first instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)scheme’s annual income support of ₹6000, Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told the Rajya Sabha in June. With regard to the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat, on the other hand, MP has created its own version of the health insurance scheme and re-christened it as Maha Ayushman, increasing the amount of coverage and the number of beneficiaries as well.last_img read more

Heated 2nd half run propels Miami to romp of Pistons

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the season led to the biggest Heat win of the season, a 108-74 romp past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“Just a professional win by us tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We played against a team that wasn’t making shots early, and we continued to keep going at them and continued to keep applying pressure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJustise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 and Wade finished with 11 for Miami.Miami’s starting five — Richardson, Winslow, Waiters, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk — played 12 minutes together. They shot 12 for 17, 4 for 4 from 3-point range and Miami outscored Detroit 36-13 in those 12 minutes. Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds — snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons’ all-time record streak in that department.It wasn’t Drummond’s night.It wasn’t the Pistons’ night in any way. They shot 36 percent, got outrebounded 51-36 and were 8 for 37 from 3-point range — 1 for 17 in the second half. It went down as Detroit’s second-worst loss of the season, topped only by a 37-pointer at Indiana on Dec. 28.“For two games in a row now, we didn’t come out in playoff mode,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s nothing schematically. There’s nothing X-and-O wise. It’s our approach. We have to understand at this time of year … the only thing you can do is scrap and play hard.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit hadn’t lost a quarter by 25 points since Oct. 30, 2010. … Drummond was looking to join Kevin Love (53), Dwight Howard (separate streaks of 33 and 20), Griffin (27) and Russell Westbrook (23, earlier this season) as players in the last decade with 20 straight double-doubles.Heat: Miami opened on an 8-0 run, its best to start a game this season. … It was Miami’s 600th sellout at AmericanAirlines Arena — the last 413 of those coming consecutively — and 900th home sellout overall. … The Heat celebrated Pride Night, and the national anthem before the game was performed by the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.EIGHT IS ENOUGHThere have been four instances of a team holding another to eight points or less in a quarter this season. Miami is responsible for three of them. Houston held Chicago to seven in the third quarter on Nov. 3 — and the rest of the list is all Heat. Miami held the Los Angeles Clippers to eight points in the fourth quarter on Dec. 8, and kept the Milwaukee Bucks to that many in the first quarter on Dec. 22.WADE BLOCKS Minus Kevin Durant, Warriors stop Rockets’ 9-game win streak LATEST STORIES Wade had a first-quarter blocked shot against Detroit’s 7-foot-1 Thon Maker. It was the 879th block of Wade’s career, leaving him 14 shy of Michael Jordan’s all-time regular-season record for guards. When adding playoff games, Wade already has more blocks than any guard in history.SLOW STARTDetroit has trailed after the first quarter in each of its last five games, and the 12-point deficit after 12 minutes in this one matched the Pistons’ third-largest, after-one-quarter hole this season. They had rallied to win three of the first four in those cases — but didn’t come close in this one.UP NEXTPistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.Heat: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Our starting lineup has had some good starts and some play that’s been trending in the right direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that was as inspiring as they’ve been.”Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range.The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 — and both were blowout losses, with this one on the heels of a 103-75 rout in Brooklyn on Wednesday.“It’s about our mental fortitude and coming out and having a better mindset at the beginning of games, myself included,” Griffin said. “I’m not excluding myself from that at all. If we have any fight about us at all we’ll come out and rectify that.”Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The outcome was in doubt at halftime.It didn’t stay that way for long.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sixty years of excellence

first_img“Sixty years in the life of an institution are quite different from sixty years in the life of an individual. For an individual, the countdown has certainly begun – but for an institution, especially an institution dedicated to learning, it is just a milestone, albeit a significant one.” Thus, spoke Dr Jitendra Singh in his remarkably witty, lucid and frank interaction with the officer-trainees of the 94th FC at LBSNAA, as well as employees of the Academy last week (September 1) on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Academy. He also flagged off a cycle rally for ‘Eat Right Campaign’ by the newly established ‘Safe Planet’ initiative of the Academy in collaboration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), inaugurated the Physiotherapy centre at the Wellness Centre, witnessed the signing of an MoU between the Academy and the All India Institute of Ayurvedic education for the establishment of an Ayurvedic Treatment Centre at the Academy, launched a Primer of rhymes in Hindi and English for the children of the Lalita Shastri Balwadi, and last but not the least, released the special first-day cover on the Academy brought out by the Chief Post Master General (CPMG) of Uttarakhand, Colonel Sukhdev Raj. Also Read – A special kind of bondDr Jitendra Singh was at the Academy to mark the Diamond Jubilee of LBSNAA – an institution established in 1959 by the Government of India by amalgamating the Metcalfe House Training School in Delhi and the IAS Staff College at Shimla to the Charleville Hotel and Happy Valley grounds. It was then called the National Academy of Administration. In 1972, it was named after the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and became the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration. It got its present nomenclature, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 1973. The Academy has grown from strength to strength over the last six decades, and with the formal permission to establish a nine hundred seat auditorium, it will be able to host the entire civil services batch of six hundred fifty-odd officer-Trainees selected by the UPSC through the Civil Services and the Forest Service examination. It may be mentioned that the Prime Minister is keen that all the young recruits train together for the development of esprit de corps, and this was reiterated by Dr Jitendra Singh. Departing from the prepared text, he spoke candidly about how civil services, especially the Collectors and Magistrates, were perceived in the past, but how this must change with the advent of democratic polity which was committed to the twin objectives of making India a $5 trillion economy as well as the transformation of the aspirational districts. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe main takeaways from his session included the need to bridge the trust deficit by changing the colonial mindsets, adoption of technology in governance, zero tolerance to corruption and the need for being accessible. These were the mantras for a successful administrator. Let us dwell on each of these in some detail. With regard to a trust deficit, he mentioned that simple yet transformative steps like self-attestation had made life so much easier for people who lived in the interior and did not have access to gazetted officers or public notaries. Not only had this reduced paperwork substantially, but it also empowered the citizen. With regard to the protection from arbitrary action against the civil services, he mentioned changes in the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and the inclusion of the element of Mens Rea (guilty intent) in the determination of prosecution. This was an issue which had been agitating the minds of civil servants, especially after the sentencing of HC Gupta in the coal-related transactions. He also mentioned the repeal of nearly 1500 outdated Acts from the statute book, which had long outlived their utility. With regard to technology, he was clear that over the next few years, almost all transactions of the citizen would be online, and with POS and DBT in place, it would be possible to eliminate corruption from all aspects of governance. And while the government was willing to extend its trust, any wilful default would also be met with stringent action. Last but not least, he exhorted officers to be accessible to all, especially those who needed them the most. While the social base of the entrants was indeed more representative than before, the general impression that officers are not willing to ‘listen’ to the grievances of the common man was a concern that needed to be addressed – the sooner, the better. Earlier, in his address to the employees of the Academy, where he also distributed ‘watches’ to the employees, he complimented them for running a very successful training institution which was indeed one of the finest exemplars of its kind in the world. He also lauded the efforts of the Academy in the Swachh Bharat Mission and hoped that the example set by this institution would be followed by others as well. An interesting anecdote narrated by him bears recall. Just after independence, the ICS (British) Collector of Hyderabad was invited for a reception, and he took the young Assistant Magistrate with him. While recusing himself from the party, he told his younger colleague to refrain from taking any dish with ‘salt’ in it: the implication is that one must not offend the host by declining the invite, one should not accept ‘unrestrained hospitality’ from any individual. The message was conveyed with deliberate nuance and subtlety! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

The reason Jose Mourinho wont manage Real Madrid

first_imgA report from Marca confirms that the Real Madrid board of directors is not even considering the option of bringing Jose Mourinho back.Right after Jose Mourinho was sacked from Manchester United, the Spanish press started speculating on the Portuguese manager’s possible return to Real Madrid.There have been debates about this topic in the last couple of days, talking about Santiago Solari having pressure to improve and win the FIFA Club World Cup or Mourinho could take over immediately.However, an interesting report from Marca just surfaced where they confirm that the board of directors is actually not considering the option sooner or later.Real Madrid doesn’t think that bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club is the best idea for a number of reasons, the most important is that Solari is the club’s manager right now and they completely trust him to take the squad to a successful season.But other reasons include the manner in which the Portuguese manager left a few years back, with the dressing room on fire and half the players rooting for his dismissal.Jose Mourinho developed a poor relationship with some of the most important players in the squad during the final years and this affected the club’s performances inside the pitch.The club considers that taking the manager back right now or even later, would mean going back and they are not interested in that at the moment.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But perhaps the biggest reason they are not looking to sign Jose Mourinho back from Real Madrid, is the recent bad results that the manager has been piling up on his resume.Granted, he did win titles in both of the clubs where he managed during his first seasons but many of the same patterns from his final year at Los Blancos have emerged in England.The board of directors actually has a great friendship with the manager, they ask him for advice on a regular basis but they consider that his time as a manager for Real Madrid is long gone.🗣️@RobertoGomezOC en #LaTribu: “Sergio Ramos lo único que tiene que hacer es jugar al fútbol, no elegir entrenadores”.🤔¿Mourinho de vuelta al Real Madrid?📻 https://t.co/ilgsizI4uT pic.twitter.com/2BshSudPsu— Radio MARCA (@RadioMARCA) December 19, 2018last_img read more