first_imgCoca-Cola Fund in Ireland opens for 2013 The overall winner will receive €25,000 and a further ten organisations will receive €10,000 each.Applicant organisations will be required to provide details on the reach and impact of their proposed project, as well as the innovative aspect which will capture the imagination and interest of the local community and encourage them to become involved. Last year’s winnerIn 2012 the winner of the main award of €25,000 was The Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA). The IOHA applied for funding to introduce the concept of Street Handball to communities across Ireland. Other organisations were awarded €10,000 in funding for their initiatives, which included the creation of a new well-lit outdoor walking track in the grounds of Ballyduff Football Club in Co. Waterford; a dancing programme by Cois Ceim Dance Theatre in Dublin, Fortwilliam & Macrory Presbyterian Church in Belfast and a boxing programme focussing on females developed by Ballina Boxing Club, Co. Mayo. Entries are open until Friday 19th July 2013 and applications can be submitted online.After the closing date, a judging panel, which will include representatives from The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel, NICVA and Coca-Cola, will convene to agree on a shortlist of 45 organisations which will be published on the Coca-Cola website on September 1st, 2013. The public will then be asked to vote on who should be selected. 50% of the final decision will derive from the public vote and 50% will be determined by the expert judging panel. The winners will be announced in November 2013. 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. Coca-Cola Ireland has launched the 2013 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, offering €125,000 to non-profit organisations in Ireland. The Fund will support new and innovative projects or initiatives that encourage communities to lead more balanced, healthy and active lives. The Fund is specifically looking for interesting new projects which are promoting innovative approaches to nutrition and activity which could have the potential to be scaled and rolled out across other communities. The Fund is supported by The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA). Advertisement  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 June 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgAlong with grant applications, administrative duties, publishing and hands-on research duties, scientists in agricultural research have the monumental job of disseminating vital information to stakeholders, policymakers and the general public.During its annual meeting on June 16, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recognized Wayne Parrott, professor in the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, with a distinguished service award for his research and communication contributions to the plant breeding industry.“Wayne is one of the outstanding scientists we have in the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics as well as the interim director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies,” said Allen Moore, associate dean for research in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). “Alongside his extensive research accomplishments, he is also a talented communicator of science. I am delighted that ASTA recognized his contributions in educating the public and government on the science and value of modern genetics and genomics needed to produce sustainable crops.”Parrott’s efforts in addressing current plant breeding regulations and testimonials before Congress and federal regulators were an impetus for the award.“Science communication is more important now than ever, particularly when it comes to implementing public policy,” said Parrott, who is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and UGA Distinguished Research Professor. “We have expert regulators, but they cannot be experts across the board. Thus, it is incumbent on scientists to provide them with the right information.”Since coming to UGA in 1988, Parrott’s laboratory has served as an international flagship for genetic research in soybeans and other crops. He’s spent nearly three decades developing new soybean varieties and researching the human and environmental safety of genetically modified crops.U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on agricultural biotechnology have been limiting, as they were based on science that was 40 years out of date, according to Parrott.“These rules have been recently revised, which should facilitate research and investment in the field. I fully expect there will be many new career opportunities that will materialize and help farmers out in the process.”Methods like CRISPR, a tool for editing genomes, make the improvement process for crops much easier and more efficient.“For this technology to deliver on its promise, it is important that both the public and regulators understand the risks — or lack thereof — that are involved. And this information needs to get out all over the world because things are so interconnected these days,” Parrott said.Parrott and other scientists work together to develop and deliver critical data, but national organizations like ASTA are important to help support them.“It can be really daunting for a single person to try and be heard in a big, wide world. Networking with as many colleagues as possible and with organizations like ASTA helps amplify the message,” said Parrott.To learn more about the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at UGA, visit plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual event, which for the past five years now has been sponsored by Nestle Milo kicked off with Zone 1 which includes qualified schools from the five Northern regions in the nation. Thus, Northern region, Upper West Region, Upper East region, North East region and Savannah region competing to book a place in the National Finals of the league.The competition was held in the Lawra Municipality of the Upper West region at the Lawra senior high school parkSixteen teams assembled for the championship from the five regions in the northern belt of the country.Participating schools from the various regions were Kundungu D/A Primary school, Karni D/A Primary school, Wa Municipal Model Primary school, Kay Robert Memorial Primary school, Bagri Baptist Primary school and Tuopare Primary schoolOthers includes Anateem Primary school, Songo Primary school, Bazua Primary school, St. Francis Primary school and Tanga Primary, Nyohin Presby Primary school, Savelugu Exp. Primary school and Kaladan E.P Primary school and Iddrisyya Primary school and WaleWale Primary SchoolThe 16 teams looking to book 5 slots for the National championship to be staged at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi later this year.Day 1 of the competition saw both players and officials taken through soccer clinic led by Milo U13 icon and former Black stars captain, Stephen Appiah.The soccer clinic football practice focused on developing skills, ball control, dribbling, attacking, defending, shooting and crossing. The soccer clinic also seeks to inculcate in the player Teamwork, determination, focus, respect, confidence and discipline on the field of play and in life.The teams had to compete among themselves to get the eventually champions. Teams were grouped based on regions to compete among themselves in a round robin contest. Meaning the top teams from the five regions qualifies for the national championshipAfter enthrilling and mind blowing round of matches in both groups, the Upper West group became the most competitive group as 3 side emerged table toppers with 12 points each but were seperated using goal difference ruleKundungu needed a draw in their last game of the group after 4 winning streak against Wa Model Primary who needed nothing less than the 3 maximum points to stand a chance of qualifying. Karni also in that group needed to win their final group game to stand a chance of progressing and also had to score many goals as wellWa Model defeated Kundungu by alone goal to end Kundungu’s dreams and were hoping for a miracle from the tournament’s worst side Tuopare R/C who before the game had already conceded 10 goals without a reply in the competition against Karni D/A Primary who also had to winning the game with more than 5 goals to qualifyKarni record the tournament’s biggest defeat on Tuopare beating them by 9 unanswered goals to progress from the Upper West group. The results meant, Tuopare were the worst team at the competition, conceding 19 goals without scoring to end bottom on the tableDefending champions, Kaladan Primary school emerged group winners from the Northern region group winning 1 game and drawing the otherEventual winners of the championship, Tanga Primary school topped the Upper East group with 10 points after 3 wins and a draw in the groupKarni primary school, Kaladan primary school and Tanga primary school joined the already qualified schools Iddrisyya primary school and WaleWale primary school to book their place at the national championshipWith more still to play for in terms of the zonal Champion, the 5 qualified teams were paired again with one on a bye in the quarter finals of the competitionWaleWale primary school were paired with defending champions, Kaladan primary school while Tanga primary school had to battle with Iddrisyya primary school with Karni primary school on a byeKaladan primary school booked their place in the semis through penalties after drawing with WaleWale primary school while Tanga primary school progressed with a comfortable 2-0 win over Iddrisyya primary schoolWith 3 teams left in the competition, a coin toss was needed again to determine the sides to play in the one-off semi finals of the tournamentKaladan Primary School was on bye as Tanga Primary school battled with Karni Primary School for a place in the finalsTanga primary school prevailed over Karni primary school on penalties to book a mouthwatering final with the defending champions of the zone Kaladan primary schoolWith cash prize, Nestle products and other Milo school supplies up for grabs , it was a competitive and scintillating final as Kaladan primary school seek to the defend the title while Tanga primary school were also on course to write their own history as far as the championship is concernedTanga primary school fought back from a goal down in the first half to pull parity in the second half to send the game to penaltiesDefending champions, Kaladan primary school lost 1-2 on penalties as Tanga primary school became the newly crowned winners of Zone 1 of the U13 Milo Champions League 2019Tanga will be travelling to Kumasi later this year as proud winners of zone 1 dethroning Kaladan primary schoolAll participating teams at the competition were given 25 milo branded exercise books, 30 wristbands, 6 customized Milo footballs, 2 boxes of Chocolim and 30 pencil casesThird placed team, Karni primary school went home with cash prize, 8 footballs, 2 boxes of Chocolim, 1 box of Milo, 40 wristbands and 40 pencil casesSecond placed side, Kaladan primary school also had cash prize, 8 footballs, 50 wristbands, 50 books, 50 pencil cases and a box of energy cubes to themselvesChampions of the competition, Tanga primary school went home with cash prize, 10 footballs, 70 wristbands, 70 books, 70 pencil cases, 3 boxes of Chocolim, 2 boxes of Milo and 2 boxes of energy cubesThe 5 qualified teams from the zone were also given set of milo branded Jerseys with socks to be used at the national finals in Kumasi at the Paa Joe ParkTournament Awards Fair play – St Francis primary schoolGolden Boot – Ali Shaibu ( 7 goals) Karni Primary SchoolGolden Gloves – Shahadu Mundasil (3 clean sheets) Kaladan Primary SchoolMVP – Abigiba Obed ( Tanga Primary School) What’s next?The championship will move to Zone 2 on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at Sunyani Senior High School where schools from Bono, Ahafo, Ashanti and Bono East Regions will compete for 4 slots for the National Finals.last_img read more