“It’s good for the students who were holding out hope and the parents that will be able to do this so we are excited,” he said. Both Ostrander and Van Fossen say this was the perfect time to announce this decision due to the regularly scheduled graduation ceremonies taking place by the end of June. The superintendents say the seniors have been resilient about the coronavirus situation. Chenango Valley principal Jennifer Ostrander told 12 News, “We were always hopeful of an in person graduation, we had different scenarios kind of all juggling at the same time.” Maine-Endwell superintendent Jason Van Fossen echoed that statement. “It’s funny because every time I talk to the seniors they are like ‘it is what it is and it’s cool and we are going to move on and this is just going to make us stronger,'” said Ostrander. “They appreciate the fact that they are in a better place than many,” said Van Fossen. With the limit of 150 people per graduation, Chenango Valley principal Jennifer Ostrander and Maine-Endwell superintendent Jason Van Fossen say the next step is a series of planning for our local schools. Both said the schools are keeping social distancing measures in mind. They may have to do graduations in multiple sessions. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The wait for graduations in the Southern Tier is over. On Sunday, New York State gave the green light for graduation ceremonies to happen in person.
Major Danish and Dutch pension investors have become members of a restructured initiative focused on encouraging long-termism in business and investment, with the chief executive of €200bn Dutch asset manager PGGM announced as one of the organisation’s board members.Launched as an initiative in 2013, Focusing Capital on the Long Term yesterday (28 September) announced that it has established itself as an independent entity, renamed as FCLT Global.The not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to “developing practical tools and approaches that encourage long-term behaviours in business and investment decision-making”.Its newly announced board members include executives of some of the world’s largest institutional investors, including Else Bos, chief executive at PGGM, and Chow-Kiat Lim, deputy group president and group CIO at Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and the Washington State Investment Board are also represented.The board was due to have its first meeting in New York City yesterday.CPPIB and McKinsey & Company formed the initiative in 2013, with BlackRock, the Dow Chemical Company and Tata Sons joining them as founders.Larry Fink, chairman and chief executive BlackRock, will serve as strategic adviser to the organisation.Denmark’s €107bn statutory pension fund ATP and APG and PGGM – the asset managers of the €372bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP and €179bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, respectively – are among the European members of FCLT Global. Focusing Capital on the Long Term, when still in the form of an initiative, was behind the launch of a long-term equity index by S&P, which was supported by ATP and PGGM and other large institutional investors.
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Cotlands VolunteerWhy is Bianca an Everyday Hero?Bianca is more than just a volunteer at the Cotlands; she is a woman who refuses to let pain or suffering go unaided in the poorest of our communities.It wasn’t enough just to help HIV/Aids orphans or start the Cotlands volunteer home-based care programme; she still had to do more for other disaffected community groups, like the unemployed and elderly.That’s why she helped launch the Soweto Home Makeover Project and is wholeheartedly committed to assisting the 80 grannies make a skillful contribution to the Adopt-a-Granny Project.In her own words.“Don’t look at what needs to be done, look at what you can do. Even a little can have such far-reaching repercussions.”Fast FactsCotlands was established in 1936 as a care centre for unwed mothers and their infants.Today, Cotlands offers shelter for abused, abandoned, HIV-positive, orphaned and terminally ill children from birth to 14 years of age, as well as community-based services to vulnerable children in five provinces in South Africa.In 1996, Cotlands started the first paediatric Aids hospice in South Africa, offering specialised paediatric palliative care 24 hours a day.How can I learn more?To learn more about the amazing team at Cotlands or how to become a volunteer, visit Cotlands.Contact Cotlands in your area:GautengTel: 011 683 7200Fax: 011 683 6688E-mail: [email protected]: 035 838 1948E-mail: [email protected] CapeTel: 043 722 5365Fax: 043 740 5333E-mail: [email protected] CapeTel: 021 852 3527Fax 021 852 9327E-mail: [email protected] published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
Nothing beats beer tasting out on the lawnon a sunny day. Birkenhead brewmaster Andy Mitchellinspects the copper kettle after brewing. Birkenhead Breweries’ range of boutiquebeers.(Images: Birkenhead Breweries)Jennifer SternThe world is waking up to the fact that South Africa produces great wine, with Barack Obama toasting his inauguration with Graham Beck sparkling wine and Eric Asimov, The New York Times’s wine guru, singing the praises of Western Cape wines.What is less well known is that the country also has excellent independent breweries. And we’re not talking about the giant SAB Miller here; we’re talking small boutique breweries tucked away in pretty country towns.There aren’t many of them, especially compared to wineries, but there is a decent smattering, and South Africans are slowly starting to realise there is more to beer than Castle Lager. As a nation, we are starting to appreciate the art of brewing, almost as much as we appreciate the art of wine making.KwaZulu-Natal even has its own beer route, which encompasses about half a dozen micro-breweries, as well as good old SAB Miller and – interestingly – the National Sorghum Brewery. No brewery tour of Zululand would be complete without tasting traditional homemade sorghum beer.The Cape can’t compete in terms of numbers, but the tradition of micro breweries goes back quite a way in that part of the world. Mitchell’s Brewery, started in Knysna in 1983, was one of the first micro breweries in the country. Initially, the beer was only sold in locally, but demand soon necessitated a satellite brewery in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, and now distribution is quite wide.They stayed pretty much the only competition to South African Breweries for a long time (not that SAB was exactly nervous). It was only in 1998 that the Western Cape’s second micro brewery started up.The little town of Stanford, between the coastal towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, is the ideal place for a brewery. That’s mainly because it has the one really essential ingredient – a reliable source of pure water. The Stanford Eye, the second biggest aquifer in South Africa, supplies all the water for the brewery, as well as enough to for a bottled water line and the town of Stanford’s drinking water.It was to take advantage of this amazing resource that the Birkenhead Brewery was established in Stanford. They started off making 12 different beers, but that was a bit much. When the new owners took over in 2002, they cut it down to three, and it’s slowly been built back up to six. Well, six and a half.A wide rangeThe six beers are Pride (an English-style bitter), Honey Blonde Ale, Malt Stout, Birkenhead Pilsner, and Premium Lager. The half a beer is not actually half a beer, perhaps it’s a beer and a half. It’s called Red Reloaded – a lager base with added taurine and caffeine – basically beer-flavoured Red Bull.Brewmaster Andy Mitchell explains why they decided to produce such an unusual drink. “There was a crowd in the UK called Red Square who got us to do it under licence, and then they didn’t want it so we carried on making it here. It has a slight citrus flavour. It’s not a big seller. About 1 000 litres a month.”The brewery use a variety of hop cultivars, says Mitchell. “The main one is the Southern Promise from SAB Hop Farms in George. We also import Goldings and Fuggles from Kent, Saaz from the Czech Republic, and then Cascade and Perlé from Germany.“About 80% of our beer is sold as draft,” he says. “And, except for Reloaded, they are all pure beer – no additives, all natural. We do pasteurise our beer, which gives it up to nine to 12 months’ shelf life.”While beer is the flagship product, they do a lot more.“We bottle a cider,” says Mitchell. “We have it made in Grabouw on an apple farm. It’s a real cider made from 100% pure apples. It’s brought here by tanker, we filter and bottle it. It’s called Birkenhead Troopship Cider.“We also do mineral water. We pull directly from the Stanford Eye.”They’re also doing wine – or halfway to doing so. It seems strange to drive through a vineyard to get to a brewery but, when the new owners took over in 2002, they planted vines.“We’ve had two harvests so far, with the third one coming up,” says Mitchell. “We are currently not making the wine here, we’re making it at Raka [a nearby winery], but they’re our vines. Once we get to 80 tons we’ll put our own cellar in here. At the moment it’s about 50 tons. So probably in two years time.”Birkenhead Beer is obtainable in many places in the Western Cape but – sorry folks – not further afield.The full experienceThere’s a lot more to a visit to the Birkenhead Brewery than tasting and buying beer – although many people may wonder if there can be more to life than beer, anyway. There’s also a restaurant and – the best part – you can do a tour of the brewery and find out how beer is made.First the barley is malted, then it’s mashed up with that wonderful water from the Stanford Eye, then it’s lautered – basically sieved out to separate the liquid from the grain. The liquid, which is called “wort,” is then boiled, and hops are added. It’s the hops that give beer its flavour.After cooling, it’s fermented, matured, filtered and packaged into bottles or kegs. The fermentation is the most important part. This is done by adding brewer’s yeast to the wort, and carefully controlling the temperature so that it ferments but doesn’t go rotten. The fermentation process converts sugars into alcohol, which gives beer the kick, and carbon dioxide, which gives beer the bubbles.That’s the mundane description of fermentation. The 19th century chemist, Friedrich Woehler, had a far more interesting explanation, documented in the Annals of Chemistry, Volume 29, 1839.According to Woehler, “Beer yeast, when dispersed in water, breaks down into an infinite number of small spheres. If these spheres are transferred to an aqueous solution of sugar they develop into small animals. They are endowed with a sort of suction trunk with which they gulp up the sugar from the solution.“Digestion is immediately and clearly recognisable because of the discharge of excrements. These animals evacuate ethyl alcohol from their bowels and carbon dioxide from their urinary organs.“Thus one can observe how a specifically lighter fluid is exuded from the anus and rises vertically whereas a stream of carbon dioxide is ejected at very short intervals from their enormously large genitals.”I’m not sure how much tasting he’d been doing before he came up with that one. But I think I’ll stick to wine, anyway. Just in case.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksBirkenhead Brewery KwaZulu-Natal Brew Route Mitchell’s Brewery
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The interesting thing about WHERE’s recommendation engine is not only that it works in real-time, but that it’s continually and dynamically updated as you move around town. Like sushi? WHERE doesn’t just recommend sushi restaurants all around town, but will surface just those nearby. However, there’s also a “serendipity” component to WHERE’s technology that provides users with unexpected, personalized local discoveries too. In other words, it’s not as simple as “Like sushi? Here’s more sushi.” But the recommendations here aren’t random – they’re surfaced by computing which nearby nodes are connected to a user’s places profile and are strongly connected to place unrelated to that user. These serendipitous recommendations make up about 20% of WHERE’s suggestions.It will be interesting to combine this customized taste graph of places with another user’s, but it still feels a bit incomplete without taking into account other checkin-based social networks a user may have accessed in the past. Why not pull in Foursquare and Gowalla checkins, local “likes” from Facebook, or data retrieved from competing services like Yelp or Urban Spoon? Until any given app looks beyond its own borders at all this information combined, it can’t truly know our tastes. It only knows a portion.(Who’s building such a service right now? If you are, please get in touch.)WHERE Perfect Places is available on the Android and iPhone versions of the app currently. Local discovery app WHERE has partnered with mobile startup Bump for a new local recommendations service called Perfect Places. Bump’s technology, which lets developers build apps that share data when users tap their phones phones together, is already available in a number of applications including PayPal, HootSuite and a universal remote control. With the new WHERE integration, mobile users can now bump phones to share local recommendations with each other. The app matches up the relevant similarities in users’ interests for its suggestions, and it works even if the two end users are not yet friends in WHERE. WHERE CEO Walt Doyle says his company is on its way to owning the “pre-checkin space,” referring to the location-based social networks like Foursquare and Gowalla which let you register your location at a particular venue via smartphone applications, aka “check in.” Instead, WHERE wants to focus on the problem that arises before the check-in: figuring out where to go.Users of the WHERE app simply launch the application on their device and then tap their phones together in order to share local recommendations. Of course, this assumes that each person has already built up a taste graph of places they like.WHERE’s PlaceGraph ExplainedThis taste graph – or place graph, rather – forms the basis of WHERE’s recommendation engine. It’s built up as you interact with places – by saving them in WHERE, reviewing them, going there and checking in (the app lets you check in via Facebook Places), liking them and more. But even if you’ve only casually used WHERE in the past and have never taken any of these direct actions within the app, it still may know something of your interests.That’s because the place graph uses both explicit actions (ratings, reviews, check-ins) and implicit actions (browsing a particular a particular category or viewing the place detail page for a given location) in combination with place info data to build your customized taste graph. Obviously, the explicit actions are given more weight in WHERE’s PlaceGraph Algorithm, the technology that builds this list of your preferences, since implicit actions could be the result of accidental clicks. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#Location#mobile#news#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Adrian Grenier wants you to stop sucking – and save the oceans.The star has posted a video to his official Facebook page calling on fans to stop using plastic straws.“We use 500 MILLION straws everyday in the US,” says the star. “They end up in our ocean.“But we have the power to change this and clean up our ocean.”Adrian and the Lonely Whale Foundation need your help – find out more here.