HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

first_imgMay 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.With this year’s awards, HHS will have provided more than $1.5 billion for hospital preparedness over the past 3 years, the agency said. The grants go to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.The main purpose of the funding is to help healthcare facilities prepare for mass casualties that could result from bioterrorist attacks, other disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, HHS said in a news release. Other goals include improving the coordination of disease reporting by hospitals and state and local health departments, enhancing disease-reporting coordination among public health laboratories and hospital laboratories, and harmonizing the communication capabilities of these organizations.”States and communities can use these funds to improve emergency care in any health crisis, whether the source is a bioterror attack or other infectious disease outbreaks like SARS or West Nile virus, or any natural disaster like a flood or hurricane,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated in a news release.The grants to states range from $1.75 million for Wyoming to $38.8 million for California. The funds are handled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The agency awards a base grant of $1 million to each state or city, and the additional amount is based on population, according to HRSA officials.HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke, PhD, said hospitals can use the money to improve their ability to quickly add beds, isolate and decontaminate patients, find qualified volunteer healthcare workers, and plan for hospital-based caches of drugs and medical supplies.To qualify for the funds, states, cities, and territories have to update their hospital preparedness plans by reporting their achievements the previous year and plans for the coming year, HRSA officials told CIDRAP News.The states and other jurisdictions must submit applications for this year’s round of grants by July 1, said Richard J. Smith, director of HRSA’s Division of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness. The agency sent out guidance information on how to prepare the applications May 24, he told CIDRAP News.Smith said he couldn’t give specifics on how much of the hospital preparedness money awarded in the past 2 years has been used so far. Of the funds awarded in 2002, “We know that virtually all of that money, in excess of 90%, has been expended,” he said. Some of the fiscal year 2003 funds awarded last year have not yet been spent, he added, but he couldn’t give figures. Jurisdictions are allowed to carry over funds from the previous year provided they have a plan for using them.HRSA has not yet done a formal assessment of what has been achieved with the hospital preparedness funds awarded in recent years, according to Smith. However, the agency has established 15 “critical benchmarks” of preparedness, and in the applications they submit this year, states are required to report on certain “sentinel indicators” related to those benchmarks, he said.For example, states are being asked to report how many people have been enrolled in a registry of volunteer healthcare professionals who could help hospitals in a major emergency, Smith said.See also:May 24 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040524.htmllast_img read more

P60-K ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAY BACOLOD City – Nine sachets of suspected shabu weighing about five grams valued at around P60,500 were seized in a buy-bust operation in  Barangay Zone 11, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Diaz./PN The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Talisay City police station.center_img Diaz was caught after he sold suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 4:55 p.m. on May 19, the police added. The 54-year-old resident Julio Diaz yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said.last_img read more

Lyness offers internships

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State Representative Randy Lyness is accepting applications for the legislative intern program.Internships are open to college sophomores and up, including graduate students and recent graduates. Interns are paid and earn college credit for the experience.For more information email h68@iga.in.gov or call 317-234-9380 or go online to   indianahouserepublicans.com/forms/2018-house-republican-intern-application/ .last_img

Team gives suggestions on coaching issue only when asked – Kohli

first_imgCAPTAIN Virat Kohli has clarified that the Indian team offers its suggestions to the BCCI only when asked, as the board continues to look for a new coach after Anil Kumble’s resignation 10 days ago.Kumble had stated his partnership with Kohli had become “untenable”, even though Kohli had said at the beginning of the Champions Trophy that there were “no issues whatsoever” between the two.Kumble later said in his resignation that he was informed by the BCCI that Kohli “had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach”.“From a personal point of view I can’t pinpoint anything or give details,” Kohli said a day before the third ODI against West Indies in Antigua.“We, as a team, contrary to a lot of perceptions, only voice our opinions when asked by the BCCI for suggestions. So that is something we have always gone through as a process and that’s something we respect as a team.“It’s been asked together, it’s not like segregation of anything so we respect that process and that same procedure, if and when it takes place, we’ll give our suggestions to the BCCI.“The suggestions are given to the board who handle the procedure and there’s no point saying anything out in the open because that is for us as a team to convey to the board as and when we are asked, and it’s something I’ve mentioned before.”It became clear in Kumble’s resignation that there were “misunderstandings” between him and Kohli and ESPNcricinfo had reported a month ago that the captain, and possibly a few other senior players, had expressed a lack of confidence in their coach.Kohli has hardly opened up on the issue since then, mainly saying he has “total respect” for Kumble as a cricketer, and did not want to divulge details, to “maintain the sanctity of the change room”.Kohli stated on Thursday that the team was a “very closely-knit unit” and the players got along with each “really well”.He also said their focus right now was on the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, which the visitors lead 1-0 after the first match was washed out.“Right now we have a series at hand and this is what we are focused on,” Kohli said.“The process (of selecting the coach) is taking place and that is something that is in control of the BCCI and the process has always been in place. We, as a team, are focusing on this series right now and we are not focused on anything else at the moment.Our priority is coming here and winning this series, and preparing for the games that lie ahead of us.”Once Kumble resigned, the BCCI decided to invite more applications for the position of the coach, extending the deadline to July 9.Among the newer applicants is Ravi Shastri, who had applied for the position last year too, but lost out after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, picked Kumble for one year. (ESPNCricinfo)last_img read more

Matt Calvert injury update: Colorado Avalanche forward out indefinitely

first_imgColorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told reporters Monday that Matt Calvert will be out indefinitely after he was hit in the head with a puck during Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks.According to the team, Calvert is going through concussion protocol but has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion since Elias Pettersson’s shot struck him in the helmet. MORE: NHL players critical of Avalanche-Canucks officials for handling of Matt Calvert injuryThe blow left the 29-year-old forward sprawled on the ice and unable to stand in Colorado’s defensive zone Saturday with just minutes to play, but on-ice officials did not blow the whistle so he could be attended to by medical staff because the Canucks still had possession of the puck. Vancouver scored 13 seconds after Calvert was struck by the puck, which prompted several players to complain about player safety after the game.This is honestly terrible pic.twitter.com/WUXN79tawo— DNVR Avalanche (@DNVR_Avalanche) November 17, 2019Calvert joins forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer on the team’s injury list, which now sits at six players. Through 20 games this season, Calvert has registered four goals and 12 points, tied for sixth on the Avs in scoring.last_img read more

Johnson echoes call for stakeholder involvement

first_img– as national team learn and train in RioJust after the commencement of the Golden Jaguars’ “Train and Play” camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Head Coach Michael Johnson has issued a call for stakeholders in Guyana to get onboard with the Guyana Football Federation’s quest to appear at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.“It’s an opportunity for everyone from Guyana, whether you live in the country, whether you are further afield to get involved,” said Johnson following a session of the ongoing camp. The encampment in Brazil is geared towards preparing the team for the CONCACAF Nations League with the long-term plan of enabling Guyana’s qualification for the 2026 World Cup.As such, Johnson underscored that the vision of participating in the football World Cup eight years from now could not be fulfilled without the support of organisations outside of the GFF. “We need the help of the Government: we all know the pitches could do with some significant investment; grassroots football can do with some significant investment,” he noted.Golden Jaguars Head Coach Michael JohnsonSpeaking on the recently-unveiled “Project 100”, which aims to break Guyana into the top 100 FIFA rankings, Johnson said: “We mean business; we’re not just saying we want to get into the top 100, but we want to be consistent, sustainable and stay there. We want to help the next crop of players coming through.”The former Jamaica national player further elaborated that the aim was not to get to a top 100 ranking and then relax, but rather to continue working on bettering their ranking. “We want to be there for the next 10-15 years; we want to be a powerhouse within the Region; we want to be qualifying for World Cups and see investments coming back into Guyana, but the journey starts now,” the Head Coach said.Johnson is challenging those who believe in the journey to come on board now. “It’s great if we all wait though, anybody can do that, but do you really believe in the message that we as a staff, we as a group of players, (GFF) President (Wayne) Forde, everybody included is saying? We are here because we mean business; we are here in Brazil to work and we will get better. We will qualify for the top 100.“But in the process, we need the Government to back us now, we need the sponsors now to say, listen, I’m going to this journey. We’re saying get involved in the grassroots now, get involved with the infrastructure, you know, how can you help? I really believe that this is a pivotal moment for Guyanese football. We get this right, we’ll be sustainable for the next 10, 15, 20 odd years or so.”The “Train and Play” encampment is said to be going great thus far, with the players having the opportunity to showcase their talent, proving that they are worthy to be part of the programme.last_img read more

Planet Origin Theories Contradict Physics

first_imgMaterialists sound much more confident than they are about their theories for the origin of planets.Evolutionists have mastered the art of bluffing. So confident are they in their worldview of big-bang-to-man evolution, they can leap over tall anomalies in a single sentence. It takes critical reading to see this. Usually, they will start a paper or article by asserting evolution as a fact, about which there is no controversy, in order to claim their turf. Then, when discussing the actual evidence, they will raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index higher and higher as hard data bring multiple questions and anomalies to explain, and theoretical problems rise like high hurdles before them. Resolution of the unknowns is put off to futureware, while they claim that the unexpected new findings have increased their “understanding” of evolution. The presentation is almost formulaic, allowing reporters to just borrow the boilerplate and modify a few words here and there.We see this strategy often in articles on biological evolution, but it appears just as often in articles on planetary science.Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 (DFC)Interstellar ‘GEMS’ Lead Researchers Back to the Early Solar System (Space.com). Chelsea Gohd illustrates the technique. As a cheerleading reporter for secular planetologists, she starts with the opening bluff, reassuring unsuspecting readers that secular materialist experts “know” things from their divination techniques, and are getting warmer to full “understanding” of our solar system.Scientists are following a trail of interstellar dust all the way back to the formation of the solar system.What we now know as [sic] the solar system began as a cloud of interstellar dust and gas. By studying “pre-solar” dust, which was preserved in cosmic objects like comets before they made their way to Earth, scientists [i.e., secular materialists] can peer back in time to the early solar system.Planetary scientists sound like crystal ball gazers, the way Chelsea tells it. They can peer into crystals of dust, seeing visions the rest of us can’t discern. All we see is a mature system of planets following the laws of nature discovered by two Bible-believing creationists, Kepler and Newton. Where is this “early solar system” of dust and gas? You can’t see it.* The NASA-funded astronomers only see bits of comet dust they collected on high-altitude craft. Somebody decided to call them GEMS (“glass with embedded metal and sulfides”). Ah, but it takes special eyes to be able to look into the GEMS to discern the past, and see into the future. Here comes the futureware, the high perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the promised understanding:By studying “the starting materials of planet formation from 4.6 billion years ago,” we might gain “a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them,” Ishii said in the statement.Following this research, the team will explore additional comet dust to better understand the composition of GEMS and the size of the sub-grains, according to the statement.When such busy-work and speculation gets the blessing of the National Academy of Sciences, who dares stand up to such giants of “understanding”?*Note: astronomers see dust disks around other stars, but it takes philosophy to imagine them forming planets. For all they know, the dust is debris from collisions as bodies break up, not build up.Exploring the dusty prehistory of the solar system (Phys.org). Following her lead, Chris Packham at Phys.org prophesies more about the hidden wisdom in the GEMS. As an exercise, readers can hunt for the opening bluff, the perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the futureware. Did any of them actually witness dust turning into a planet?The solar system as we know it formed about 4.6 billion years ago as fields of interstellar dust orbiting the sun aggregated into planets and smaller objects. Presolar dust particles no longer exist in the inner solar system, as they were long ago destroyed, reformed, and reaggregated in multiple phases. From the vantage of such a long period of time, astronomers can only make inferences about its composition and the processes that led to the solar system’s present configuration, bringing to bear advanced instruments on Earth, in orbit, and in deep space to collect evidence.Operational replica of Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer (DFC). Analysis of dust particles is science. Storytelling about where they came from and how they turned into planets and people is not.Storytelling about long-lost processes can sound more legitimate when you have something in hand to look at. “Cassini mission data suggest the presence of iron metal in contemporary interstellar dust,” the researchers say, “contemporary” referring to present-day dust. But what does it mean? It should mean that iron exists now, in the present, in dust particles that a modern spacecraft gathered and looked at. Hope Ishii at the University of Hawaii hopes that modern particles can become her crystal balls for more visions of ancient things. Watch for the maybes, the excuses and the promissory notes:The researchers note that the complex organics in the ice-mantled grains must have experienced a high-radiation environment before incorporation into larger bodies, which may have resulted from vertical diffusion of dust above the solar system’s mid-plane.The researchers conclude by noting that their picture is incomplete, and much of the data is still rough—for instance, the elemental composition of GEMS sometimes only matches the solar elemental composition collectively, exhibiting chemical anomalies at higher resolution. But they believe they have provided constraints on solar system development and the aggregation of presolar dust that will inform future studies, observations and models.Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system’s formation: Chemical studies show that dust particles originated in a low-temperature environment (Science Daily). This article reporting on the same work by Hope Ishii’s team follows basically the same formula. Surprisingly, the Phys.org article said that the dust formed at high temperatures, but this article quotes another team member who says, “The presence of specific types of organic carbon in both the inner and outer regions of the particles suggests the formation process occurred entirely at low temperatures.”Multiple generations of grain aggregation in different environments preceded solar system body formation (PNAS). The reason for the discrepancy about temperatures becomes evident in the paper on which the above articles are drawn. The team of 9 (including Cassini ringmaster Jeff Cuzzi and Stardust scientist Donald Brownlee, co-author of Rare Earth) postulates “multiple generations” of particles, some hot and some cold. With that supposition, they can read any scenario they wish to believe, using material that has been destroyed and reworked as props for their scenario.The initial solids from which the solar system formed consisted almost entirely of amorphous silicate, carbon, and ices. This dust was mostly destroyed and reworked by processes that led to the formation of planets. Surviving samples of presolar dust are most likely to be preserved in comets, small cold bodies that formed in the outer solar nebula. In interplanetary dust particles originating from comets, we observe organic carbon mantles on subgrains within amorphous-silicate−dominated grains called GEMS (glass with embedded metal and sulfides). Our observations constrain GEMS grain formation to cold and radiation-rich environments, making a compelling case that these exotic grains, unique to a relatively obscure class of extraterrestrial material, are surviving dust from (variable) interstellar environments and thus the original building materials of planetary systems.It is not the job of a scientist to tell readers they have made “a compelling case.” The evidence should be doing that. Brownlee should know better. One of the big surprises of the Stardust mission for which he was chief scientist is that comet particles that were actually collected directly from Comet Wild 2 showed evidence of high temperature melting. Contrary to the belief at the time that comets represented pristine material, the dust had evidently been heated to white-hot temperatures. This sent them scrambling to come up with stories of transport of the dust into the inner solar system and back out again. The data contradicted the visions dancing in their heads, as a contemporary JPL press release said in 2007:The comet samples collected by Stardust contain abundant crystalline minerals and in most cases it is clear that they did not form by the predicted mild heating of interstellar dust. Many are too large, and have complex mineralogical and chemical compositions that could not have formed by this process. Instead of the mild heating that astronomers envisioned the comet samples were heated during their formation to severe temperatures, temperatures high enough to melt or vaporize them. The temperatures above 1300 °C and the samples were white hot. This is quite remarkable because the [sic] some of the ice components of comets appear to have formed only 30 degrees above absolute zero. The comet is very odd mix of materials that formed at the highest and lowest temperatures that existed in the early solar system. Comets have been cold for billions of years but their ingredients are remarkable products of both fire and ice. Because the rocky materials in comet Wild 2 formed at such high temperatures, we believe that they formed in the hot inner regions of the young solar system and were then transported all the way to beyond the orbit of Neptune.Now, in this new PNAS paper, Brownlee and his colleagues are saying that “Most of the mass of interstellar dust (97 to 99%) is completely reprocessed in the ISM [inter-stellar medium] and is subjected to shocks, impacts, recondensation, and repeated cycling in and out of dense molecular clouds.” Re-processing also occurs for most of the dust within the solar nebula believed to be the parent cloud of our solar system. The Abstract admits, “Bona fide physical samples for laboratory studies would yield unprecedented insight about solar system formation, but they were largely destroyed.”And so we see them using divination tactics to choose which particles remained as ‘pristine’ leftovers. Those become their materialistic fairy dust, the remnant particles out of which Earth was born, and everything on it evolved, including us. Since the GEMS theoretically formed in the fridge of space, they must be the magic seeds that became people!Egregious AccretionThe paper starts with the typical secular bluff: “The solar system formed from interstellar dust and gas in a molecular cloud.” That’s a statement of materialistic belief, not a scientific fact. To show why, let’s see if they have found, after decades of trying, a way for dust particles to accrete into planets (e.g., 3 Feb 2004, 5 Dec 2007, 15 Aug 2015). As we have shown many times, particles in space tend to bounce off each other and grind down to dust, not accrete into bigger objects. An object must grow to about a kilometer in diameter to have enough gravity to attract other particles by accretion. This was a major reason for the ‘heretical’ view called disk instability (the other major reason being migration, a type of migration into the star that would destroy growing planetesimals; see 21 March 2006). Let’s see if this team has finally figured out how to get particles to accrete:In the Introduction: “Knowledge of the dust from which our molecular cloud and, later, the solar system formed is critical to our understanding of chemical and physical processes in star-forming regions, the inventory of organics incorporated in the solar system, and the accretion and subsequent evolution and processing of solar system bodies.”In the concluding Discussion: “GEMS are thus first-generation aggregates in which subgrain mantles may have played a role in the aggregation (or accretion) process.“In the concluding Discussion: “However, in the absence of identified physical samples, there has been ongoing debate among astronomers about the significance of composite grains, either as aggregates or as organic mantles on silicate grains. Specific mechanisms and environments for accretion are also far from settled.”That, dear readers, is all they say about accretion: GEMS “may have played a role” in accretion, but the specific mechanisms and environments for accretion “are far from settled.”Update 6/28/18: Planet formation starts before star reaches maturity (Phys.org). This article shows how worldview assumptions can drive interpretations. All these researchers at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy detected (by indirect means) were dust particles about 1 millimeter in diameter, when they expected them to be 1 thousand times smaller. The “surprising” conclusion? “The results indicate that planets already start forming while the star is still developing.” Logically, it could be just as true that the particles are grinding down from larger sizes into dust. These astronomers are assuming accretion is a fact leading up to planets when, as just shown, how that could happen is contrary to laws of physics.Planetary Origin Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into live bunnies, given billions of years of the Stuff Happens Law.Who pays these guys?* Materialists continue to be wrong, wrong, wrong for decades, for centuries (at least as far back as Laplace), and yet they bluff their way out of every problem, promising “understanding” to the peons who don’t yet understand “science.” But even peons know that snowballs don’t accrete into bigger snowballs during a snowball fight. And peons know that dust bunnies do not accrete into living bunnies (see “Is Making Planets Child’s Play?”, 5 Dec 2007, where Jeff Cuzzi said, “How the first stage of this process, primary accretion, works is a fundamental unsolved problem of planetary science.”) If the secular wizards were right, Saturn’s rings would have accreted into a big moon by now, but as Cuzzi well knows, destructive processes predominate in real planetary ring physics (10 July 2010). In fact, all the secular ringmasters of Cassini are baffled that the rings still exist! Not only that, comets are burning up as they pass the sun. Asteroid particles are colliding into planets and burning up in our atmosphere. Magnetic fields are decaying. The Second Law of Thermodynamics—one of the best-attested laws in all physics—guarantees that entropy will increase. Physical laws describe processes that destroy order and increase entropy; they do not create minds, butterflies, and whales.Their choice of a secular materialistic worldview** forces these guys to believe that particles accrete into planetesimals, and planetesimals into planets, and planets into people. Real observations show the opposite: planetary bodies colliding, wearing down and destroying each other. The Eyewitness, the Creator of the universe, tells us that he made the Earth by his power, and fashioned man on it by His wisdom. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It took the power of creative intelligence acting on matter to make us; we are not accidental by-products of natural forces. If that is a true foundation to build on, we should see evidence of it, and we do! We should see natural processes powerless to make the Earth and life, and we do. The science supports the Eyewitness account. That is Reality; not the contradictory visions of the self-appointed experts who must use divination tools to see the impossible become possible. Read Jeremiah 17:5-10.To the data! Stop the storytelling. Get real, planetary scientists! Stop trusting in your divination tools, and in histories you never witnessed. Stop importing your atheism into your science. Stop playing games with your peer group that has expelled all who don’t think like you do. Until you cease these anti-scientific habits, we cannot even have a rational discussion about origins.*You do. NASA loves to throw money at the secular shamans (11 April 2018). They also throw money to lawyers to punish those who get in their way.**To theistic evolutionists: it is no help to respond that “God used” natural processes like accretion and Darwinian evolution to create people. That is a self-contradictory argument. Natural processes do no such thing. If God guided natural processes, they are no longer unguided; they are no longer “natural.” It amounts to believing in multiple miracles to think that the secular astronomers’ toolkit of natural processes would make people. See the new anthology Theistic Evolution for detailed analysis of the theological, scientific and philosophical problems with the theistic evolution compromise position.(Visited 834 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nominate schools for the Grow Rural Education program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The number of jobs with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is expected to grow significantly over the next ten years, according to the National Science and Math Initiative. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will once again provide farmers with the opportunity to nominate their Ohio public schools for opportunities to receive $10,000 and $25,000 grants.Former grant-winning schools, such as Early County Elementary School in Blakely, Georgia, indicate the program stimulates school budgets for STEM education, as well as students’ level of interest in science and math.In 2016, Early County Elementary School used the $10,000 grant they received from the Grow Rural Education program to expand the school’s science curriculum by building a hoop house, allowing students to apply classroom lessons about the ecosystem and plant lifecycles to the fruits and vegetables they harvest.“The Grow Rural Education grant has had an impact throughout our entire school district. After our elementary school students harvest their crops, we provide the food to our high school culinary arts program,” said Early County Elementary School teacher Tim Spooner. “This allows high school students to learn their craft and then give a portion of that food to our area’s most needy residents.”In 2017, the Grow Rural Education program will award approximately $2.3 million to deserving schools. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $11 million to schools in rural communities across the United States.To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers in eligible counties must nominate an eligible rural public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Farmers can nominate their school district from January 1 to April 1, 2017.After the school district receives a nomination, the Monsanto Fund will notify the district and encourage administrators and teachers to design a grant that enhances STEM education in their district.Nominated school districts have until April 15, 2017, to submit a grant application describing their project. An advisory council composed of farmer leaders then reviews finalist applications and selects the winning school districts.“The Grow Rural Education program provides farmers with a way to give back and sets students up for success in their local communities,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We have heard from many school districts that the projects they implement excite their students and, in many instances, have resulted in improved test scores.”To nominate a local school district for one of the Grow Rural Education grants, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, farmers can go to GrowRuralEducation.com. Additionally, more information about the program can be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.last_img read more

Google Apps Campaign: How Not to Influence IT Experts

first_imgRelated Posts Google just launched “Going Google” – a marketing campaign similar to the Spread Firefox to encourage companies to switch to Google Apps in the workplace. While millions already use Gmail, the campaign is aimed at luring business and enterprise users away from Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Google already claims to serve more than 1.75 million companies and judging by the flashy campaign, it hopes to increase that number in the near future. Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Surprisingly, despite Google’s success in online and web advertising, one of the company’s key ad vehicles is the billboard. The company has reserved 4 billboards in major US cities and will run a new Google App-related message each day for a month. The campaign is expected to celebrate the benefits of Gmail spam protection, filters, high storage limits, email threads, Google chat, Google Docs and of course, what the company has always done well, search. In an effort to rally advocates, the company has set up a Google Apps “Spread the Word” site where enthusiasts download marketing collateral and promote Google Apps within the workplace. The site slogan is, “Join the movement. Spread the word. Go Google.” The page is meant to help employees convince their IT administrators to switch to Google Apps, but I can’t help thinking this campaign could potentially backfire. While Google Apps and Firefox share a common enemy in Microsoft, the project targets are completely different. Firefox enthusiasts advocate on behalf of the company directly to their friends and family. Meanwhile Google Apps enthusiasts are asked to influence the very people who are already more qualified to make IT-related infrastructural decisions. In other words, if you’ve ever seen a non-technical employee tell an IT administrator how to do his/her job, the outcome probably wasn’t pretty. Nevertheless, because Google’s services are extremely user-friendly, some great enterprise and business-level endorsements might better influence a workplace service transition. One testimonial from Vivek Kundra is particularly glowing. Currently serving as the United States Chief Information Officer, Kundra is responsible for the country’s e-government and information technology. In 2008, as the CTO of the District of Columbia, he endorsed Google Apps as a cost-effective, scalable and easy-to-use collaboration platform. He deployed the service across the district’s 86 agencies to help its police officers, fire fighters and public servants. Using a number of Google applications including Google Earth, maps, documents and email, Kundra has been celebrated for bringing efficiency and cloud-based infrastructure to the District of Columbia. His work earned him a spot as a key advisor on President Obama’s transition committee on technology issues and from there he was appointed the federal CIO. dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Want Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant? Combine Devices, Sensors And The Cloud

first_imgAfter a user enters some basic information about the child, such as the date of birth, the app asks the parent or doctor to hold the stethoscope up to eight points on the child’s chest, “listening” and then uploading the sound file to the cloud. An algorithm then determines whether or notthe child has pneumonia, and advises a course of treatment.That same approach was used to develop Winsenga, which combines a high-performance microphone placed within a Pinard horn, rural Africa’s answer to the stethoscope. Without access to ultrasound machines, doctors and nurses have to rely on their own ears to determine if a fetus is alive, and what problems there might be. The app listens to the heartbeat, diagnoses any problems and issues an alert if needed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Microsoft#startups 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Rival navigation systems, according to Brueggemann, are reactive: a driver’s GPS device encounters a traffic jam, reports it, is rerouted, possibly encounters another traffic jam, and the process repeats itself. What Nunav attempts to do, he said, was to proactively assign drivers to side streets, so that every driver wasn’t trying to fit through the same high-speed bottlenecks. (It’s worth noting that Graphmasters’ examples focused on cities, where a number of relatively equal alternative routes present themselves.)“A reactive system routes drivers around traffic jams that already exist, and when the traffic jam exists, you already have the problem,” Bruggemann said.All Nunav needs is about 1% of the cars on the road to communicate and respond to create a detailed traffic overview, and about 10% of the GPS infrastructure. “The strategy we’re making is to get our service into the navigation systems alrady in the market, because once we do that it will be very easy to get 10% of users,” Bruggemann said. That doesn’t necessarily mean only Windows Phones, but all GPS devices.And what’s the business model? It’s a new one: Nunav charges for the accelerated route. Yes, it’s only $.10 or so, which Graphmasters promises will be made up for by reduced stress.Stethocloud And WinsengaThe same strategy – the cloud plus a device – drove the introduction of Stethocloud, a nifty app developed by four students from Australia. The team created a digital stethoscope that could be plugged into the audio jack of a smartphone. The goal is to help diagnose and treat pneumonia.  Team Vivid from Egypt and Team QuadSquad from Ukraine each won $50,000 to form companies that can access healthcare records from mobile devices, as well as help disabled individuals speak more effectively.The message here is clear: Microsoft is looking for developers focused on using devices as a local sensor and tapping into the cloud for specialized intelligence and additional computing horsepower. Whether it’s Microsoft technology talking to Microsoft services, or something like Symbian talking to an Amazon Web Services hosted application running within Amazon’s cloud, the company sees the combination of local sensors and back-end intelligence as a powerful trend it wants to encourage. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup rewards student innovators with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, the chance to network with other entrepreneurs and valuable experience. But to develop those skills into a viable business can require additional funding, and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant winners, announced Tuesday, now have that.Team Graphmasters of Germany walked away with $100,000 in cash, which the company will use to develop a navigation system using Windows Phone and Microsoft’s cloud technology, Windows Azure. Team Stethocloud placed second, walking away with a $50,000 prize for its mobile-hybrid stethoscope that can be used to detect childhood pneumonia via the cloud.See the similarities? The company is funding startups that combine a client sensor, like a phone, with the combined knowledge of the cloud. In fact, every team that Microsoft funded combined a Windows Phone with Windows Azure.According to a Microsoft representative, each team was judged based on four criteria:Project impact and viability (40%), including whether or not the solution would be technically and economically viable.Team quality and motivation (30%), concerning how the team is structured, and how capable it appears to be to overcome obstacles.Solution design (20%), or how novel the solutuion is.Defining the problem (10%), or how broad the problem that the team is solving actually is.Imagine Cup Grants are a three-year, $3 million competitive grants program that provides opportunity for young people by helping them realize their vision of bringing their technology enabled projects to life, according to Microsoft. Grant recipients receive funding, access to resources and support to help them create a business or nonprofit organization. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.Graphmasters: Solving Traffic Problems, CollaborativelyAccording to Christian Brueggemann, who is involved in the technical development of the algorithms behind Team Graphmasters, the company began life as an academic project, natch, which competed in the Imagine Cup about four years ago.The company’s first product – originally dubbed “Greenway” and now known as “Nunav,” uses a combination of cloud services and devices not to route drivers to their destination via the shortest, most optimized route, but to send them along a variety of paths to minimize total congestion. That, in turn, can cut the amount of time all drivers spend idling in traffic, reducing congestion and the corresponding increase in greenhouse gases from wasted gas. In a hypothetical example, one car can produce 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year – enough that a forest of 200 trees would be needed to consume it all. In total, the CO2 output from the world’s cars would require a forest the size of Australia. markhachmanlast_img read more