Pledge your Garden to Pollinators for Earth Day

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSEarth DayKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsPledge your Garden to Pollinators for Earth DayBy Meghann Scully – April 22, 2021 79 Linkedin Twitter Previous article#LimerickAndProud reached 8.6 million people worldwideNext articleLimerick City and County Council to CPO a further 24 derelict properties Meghann Scully center_img Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Photo by Fateme Alaie on Unsplash TO mark Earth Day [today Thursday 22 April 2021], Limerick City and County Council is encouraging as many homeowners as possible to put their garden on the map by pledging their garden to pollinators.The restrictions since 2020 due to Covid-19 has led to a renewed interest in our own gardens with more and more people making their garden much more wildlife friendly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Any garden – big or small – with a few simple changes can provide more food and shelter for our pollinating insects, while at the same time creating a beautiful, colourful garden for you, your family and eventually guests to enjoy.More information is available on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan website.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “Limerick City and County Council is a signatory to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and to celebrate Earth Day I would encourage as many Limerick citizens as possible to ‘Pledge your Garden to Pollinators’.”Taking the online pledge is a simple process. At the click of a button you are given a variety of actions you may undertake, such as, Don’t Mow Let It Grow, leaving patches of nettles, planting pollinator friendly perennials.Almost 500 gardens have been registered nationally to date. Pledging your garden to this initiative means you will be part of a network of pollinator-friendly pit stops dotted across Ireland. For further information see the Pollinators website.In addition the Mayor welcomed the uptake by Tidy Towns and other groups across the city and country of the uptake of the Council’s Don’t Mow Let It Grow/ Let It Bee initiative across the city and county.Signage has been provided to more than 25 Tidy Towns and other groups interested in promoting pollinator friendly mowing.Any groups looking for Don’t Mow Let It Grow/ Let It Bee signage should contact Limerick City and County Council on 061 556000 | email: [email protected] | Log on to My Limerick on Limerick.ie. Email WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Smile, ‘Candid Camera’ Host Will Lead Today’s Doo Dah Parade

first_imgPeter Funt, host of ‘Candid Camera,’ will be grand marshal for Saturday’s Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City’s annual tribute to humor — the 29th Doo Dah Parade — starts at noon today, and leading the fun will be grand marshal Peter Funt.Funt is son of “Candid Camera” founder Allen Funt and a former host of the same show.In the same week he accepted the invitation to come to Ocean City, he also received a call that TV Land would air a revival of the show starting this summer. At a press conference on Friday morning, Funt, of course, attributed his good fortune to the Doo Dah Parade.Having reached Ocean City’s Port-O-Call Hotel only at 3:16 a.m. after a day of travel when “everything that could go wrong did,” Funt said he already was mining the situation for humor.Perhaps we’ll see on hidden camera a taxi pulling up to an unmanned tollbooth (just maybe a little like the Garden State Parkway Exit 30 tollbooth in Somers Point) that takes only six quarters.“It’s important to laugh at the world around us,” Funt said.That’s the message he tries to remember as he pulls hidden-camera pranks on the unsuspecting (are they going to be able to laugh along with everybody else?). And that’s the message of today’s Doo Dah Parade.Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer created a local version of a California event in the early 1980s. The event has grown into an early-season weekend dedicated to getting outside and having some fun.“It’s one of our signature events, and it means that means spring is here,” Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian said.The parade starts at noon at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. It runs through the downtown shopping district on Asbury Avenue and takes a left on 12th Street. to the Boardwalk. The parade ends at the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth and Ninth streets), where all invited to smoosh shaving-cream pies in the annual Pie-Asco.Later on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., all children are invited to participate in a free Easter egg hunt on the beach between 11th and 13th streets. The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association.last_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs get up big early, hang on late to claim win over Solano Mudcats

first_imgARCATA >> Through four innings of their 8-7 Fourth of July win on Monday, everything was coming up aces for the Humboldt Crabs.But for the second straight day and thanks to a couple of loud cracks of the bat, Humboldt saw its opposition put up virtually all of its run in one single inning.Luckily for the Crabs, relief pitcher Justin Watland was there to put out the fire when his team desperately needed it.Watland threw 2 1/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen to keep the Mudcats at bay and …last_img

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Warriors 121, Clippers 104: Steph Curry achieves another milestone

first_imgHe does not need to worry about that. He has made a comfortable living making a lot of 3’s. So much that … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND – The play represented the soundtrack of Stephen Curry’s life. He stood from 28 feet behind the basket. He shot the ball quickly. And just as the crowd rose on its feet, the ball sailed into the net.“I shoot a lot of threes,” Curry said, grinning afterwards. “I’d better make a lot of them.”last_img

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SA’s matric pass rate is highest yet

first_img7 December 2013 South Africa’s matric students achieved a pass rate of 78.2% – the highest pass rate in 20 years, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Johannesburg on Monday. The national pass rate for state-set National Senior Certificate increased from 73.9%, up by 4.3 percentage from the previous year. Motshekga commended matriculants for their hard work and sleepless nights. “I congratulate the Class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy, and encourage every learner to go further than their predecessors and strive to excel in higher education, the workplace and in your general contributions as South African citizens. “Last year, I told the Class of 2012 that the world is their oyster and I want to repeat this to the Class of 2013. Indeed the world is your oyster, go out there and make the best of this acquired qualification,” she said.The results in numbers Motshekga said 562 122 full-time candidates sat down to write the 2013 matric exams – an increase of more than 50&nbps;000 from 2012. The 78.2% pass rate was a 4.3% increase from the 2012 pass rate of 73.9%. More than 67 000 distinctions were achieved. A total of 30.6% of matrics obtained bachelor’s passes. Over the past four years, the pass rate has seen a gradual increase. It has risen from 60.6% in 2009; 6.8% in 2010; and 70.2% in 2011. “In 1995, when this cohort entered Grade 1, the national pass rate percentage was 53.4% and, 19 years later, the national pass rate percentage is 78.2%. “When we came into office [in 2009], we had targeted 75% [pass rate] by 2014. Now at 78.2%, we have surpassed our target with a year to go,” Motshekga said. The pass rate for maths increased to 59.1%, from 54% in 2012. The pass rate for physical science climbed to 67.4%, up from 61.3% the previous year. Last year, 551 schools registered a 100% pass rate last year, up from 441 in 2012. Nine schools around the country received a 0% pass rate and would receive attention from provincial education departments, said Paddy Padayachee, the acting director- general of the Department of Basic Education. He said pass rates in virtually all 12 key subjects had improved nationally.How provinces fared The Free State led the pack and overtook Gauteng this year as the best performing province with its overall pass rate of 87.4%, a 6.3 percentage point improvement from 2012’s 81.1% average. Gauteng achieved 87.2% pass rate, up by 7.7 percentage points from 83.9% in 2012. It was followed by the Western Cape at 87% (up from 82.8%). Mpumalanga achieved a 77.6% pass rate – an improvement of 7.6 percentage points from 70% in 2012. Motshekga said KwaZulu-Natal’s pass rate increased by 4.3 percentage points from 73.1% to 77.4%. The Northern Cape, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape had pass rates of 74.5%, 71.8% and 64.9% pass rates respectively. “The relatively good performance of Limpopo in the National Senior Certificate is encouraging. Compared to the relatively poor performance of Limpopo primary school learners, it is clear that Limpopo’s secondary schools are doing an especially good job of producing quality results compared to the performance in lower grades,” Motshekga said.Independent Examinations Board results Pupils writing matric through the Independent Examinations Board achieved “exceptional results” for 2013, securing a 98.56% pass rate, Business Day reported on Tuesday. The newspaper says the 10 166 pupils at 185 schools writing the exams exceeded the previous year’s pass rate of 98.2%, and crowned the 2010 pass rate of 98.53%. The pass rate for 2011 was 98.15%. SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Gallery: All-year sunshine in KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgKwaZulu-Natal has it all: a long coastline of beautiful beaches, rolling green midlands inland, a wealth of African culture, the magnificent Drakensberg range of mountains, and game reserves stocked with the Big Five – all to be enjoyed with 320 days of sunshine a year. The Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderA thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.KwaZulu-Natal offers a heady mix of cultural, historical and natural attractions. Durban is a seaside city with Blue Flag beaches, and entertainment and activities of all kinds.The province also has deep and varied cultural heritage – once home to the legendary King Shaka, it has one of the largest Indian communities outside India, and a strong British colonial heritage. You’ll see this rich mix of cultures on the streets of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s major cities.The Durban waterfront at sunset. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A surfing lesson at Addington Beach in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dolphin performs for tourists at uShaka Sea World, part of the uShaka Marine World development in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Rolling sugarcane fields, a signature landscape of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bungee jumping from the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Nelson Mandela Capture Site, outside, commemorates the statesman’s arrest in August 1962 at a roadblock near the KwaZulu-Natal town of Howick. Mandela would spend the next 28 years in jail. He was released in February 1990. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Durban yacht basin, with the city’s central business district skyline behind. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The historic city hall in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Traditional Zulu dancing. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An Indian spice shop in Durban offers a range of delights. Durban has the country’s largest population of Indian South Africans, making it the largest “Indian” city outside of India itself. (Image: Brand South Africa)Panoramic view of the 18-hole golf course at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A colourful mural at the Durban Snake and Reptile Park. (Image: Brand South Africa)A traditional homestead in Zululand. (Image: Brand South Africa)Karkloof Canopy Tours in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands takes visitors on a zipline adventure through the second-largest indigenous forest in South Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The beach and lighthouse in Umhlanga, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Umhlanga pier, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Schoolchildren get a lesson in the aquarium at uShaka Marine World in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bioluminescent jellyfish in a display tank at the uShaka Marine World aquarium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

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Skype Video Coming to Android, Is 2010 the Year of Mobile Video Chat?

first_imgThe fast-growing population of Android users will soon be able to chat face-to-face thanks to a Skype mobile application that will hit the marketplace with video functionality “later this year.” As reported on the gadget blog Skatter Tech, Skype representatives have been quoted confirming the release of a carrier-independent app that will allow users to use voice and video to chat on their Android devices. This is a giant step forward for Android users who were disappointed to learn earlier this year that Skype’s initial offerings on the platform were restricted to Verizon’s 3G network.“We’re betting big on video, and we intend to set the bar on mobile video calling, and it’s something we’re going to do this year,” said Skype PR representative Brianna Reynaud. “We will be bringing a direct to consumer app to the Android marketplace later this year. This application will be available for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers.” Though it remains to be seen if any other restrictions or limitations will be placed on the app, this news is certainly exciting to Android users. The announcement also comes amidst speculation that Apple’s forthcoming refreshed iPhone will feature a forward-facing camera for video calls. Whether Skype is also working with Apple to launch an iPhone application this year is unknown, and some have suggested that Apple may reserve the functionality for a native iChat application. Either way, a new dawn of mobile video chatting seems to be upon us. The question is, however, will people actually take to this new form of communication? In 1993, AT&T ran a series of commercials suggesting the breakthrough technologies the company hoped to bring to its customers in the future. The ads include technologies prevalent today, including e-readers, in-car GPS, tablet PCs and even automated toll booth systems like EZ Pass. One innovation featured in the ads that has yet to take off significantly is the idea of video replacing standard phone communication.Skype chat on the desktop and enterprise video conferencing solutions have become popular in recent years, but they haven’t gone gangbusters and replaced the way we communicate all together. In fact, in the same interview with Skatter Tech, Reynaud said that only one-third of Skype calls are video calls, so the majority of users are simply using the voice functionality. Tags:#mobile#web chris cameron What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This is not to say that video-calls on a mobile device shouldn’t have a place in our current technological ecosystem. Video chatting on a phone could be great for special situations, like when a group of friends are getting together and they call up an absent friend and pass the phone around the room. It’s going to take some time for the novelty of mobile video chat to ware off before it finds itself being used more and more as a common means of communication.We as humans, for better or for worse, have evolved into incredible multi-taskers. We listen to music, watch videos, read stories, check email, update our social status – sometimes all at the same time. Video chatting, from my experience, does not fit in well with a multi-tasker’s mindset. Think of all the things we do while talking on the phone – driving our cars, eating, doing laundry, etc. Now think of trying to do anything else while video chatting; it’s nearly impossible because it requires the majority of your attention.Will mobile video chatting take off? That still remains to be seen; however, regardless of these assertions, it is good to see Skype expanding its mobile platform to more carriers and devices. I only hope as an iPhone user that video chat from Skype finds its way onto my device sometime soon as well. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Steve Blank’s Lean Startup Model: Not Just For Startups Any More

first_imgRelated Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… rieva lesonsky How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#enterprise#innovation#startup The lean startup – as envisioned and explained by Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, associate professor at Stanford University and ReadWrite contributor – is no longer just for startups. “Companies are facing continuous disruption. Business-as-usual is not a credible response,” Blank writes in the cover story of the May issue of the Harvard Business Review: Why the Lean Startup Changes EverythingThis is a big deal. For years, HBR and most of the country’s leading business schools taught entrepreneurship as if the strategies, processes and techniques were some sort of amputated versions of the business models embraced by “real companies.” This no longer the case – the lean startup concept is being embraced by companies large and small, and is now taught at business schools globally.Keep Failing Fast Til You SucceedThe principles of the lean startup – failing fast and continually iterating and learning – certainly pose a challenge to traditional processes at corporate behemoths – but Blank argues that adopting the lean startup model is now “essential for the survival of business.”As Blank writes in HBR, “It’s already becoming clear that lean start-up practices are not just for young tech ventures.” Those tools now embraced by startups searching for new business models “also happen to have arrived just in time to help existing companies deal with the forces of continual disruption. In the 21st century those forces will make people in every kind of organization — start-ups, small businesses, corporations, and government — feel the pressure of rapid change.”“The pattern is the same,” Blank added in an interview, only “the scale is different.”“The world has changed. The rules that worked in the 1990s no longer work. It’s now a world of disruption.” Big businesses, Blank said, became so “focused on execution, they forgot how to innovate.”The Evolution Of The Lean StartupThe lean startup model is not new. Blank first started piecing together the concept in 2000 and created The Four Steps to the Epiphany in 2003. (The book was published in 2005.) The Startup Owner’s Manual was published in 2012.Blank’s revelation — that large companies execute while startups “search” — was the key to articulating the difference between big and small businesses. Blank recalls realizing there were “plenty of tools for execution, but no tools for search.” Ideally startups would be searching for answers, seeking the repeatable business model, finding out what’s salable.A few years later Blank was teaching agile engineering, which is the idea that “instead of building a product in one lump sum, people build it in increments.” One of his students, Eric Ries, later wrote a book about the concept and named it The Lean Startup. The final piece was to create a framework “to keep score.”The Evolution Of BusinessIn his HBR article, Blank predicts applying the lean start-up approach will help existing businesses “innovate rapidly and transform business as we know it.” Lean startup, he writes, is “a new strategy for the 21st-century corporation.”In our interview, he added the lean startup is now about “continuous innovation inside existing companies.” It’s all part of the evolution of business, Blank explained: “Never underestimate [the impact] of stepping out of the box. Think different. Ask, ‘Why is this different?’ ”The (Limited) Role Of Big DataLike almost everyone else these days, Blank had something to say about the important of Big Data: “It’s not just about collecting the data, it’s about having insight into the data you collect, about making connections from the data.”But Big Data analysis doesn’t spell the end of the time-honored business precept of going with your gut, Blank said. Rather he believes using the data to make better decisions is what makes a company “explosive.”Adding Big Data insights to business vision is the key: “Entrepreneurship will never be formulaic. Entrepreneurs see things other people don’t. They’re artists.” For example, he concluded, “Steve Jobs represented the best intersection of art and science.”Risk = Not Getting Your Hands DirtyIn the end, Blank believes companies get into trouble when they “fail to understand what customers want.” It’s easier to avoid failure if you “build a customer-centric business,” Blank said. “You need to get your hands dirty,” he said.Thats why Blank warned companies to stop chasing “the romance” — the way you think things are, and start pursuing “the realities” — the way things actually are.Steve Blank image from a 2012 Stanford Business School Interview on YouTube.last_img read more

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