German funding initiative to Africa attracts more donors

first_img Previous articleGlobal pumped storage accelerates, says IHA briefingNext articleAfrican economic challenges identified Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS Generation The African Development Bank (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved the conversion of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to a multi-donor trust fund. On Tuesday, the AfDB stated that this conversion brings two new partners to the Fund, the governments of Italy and Flanders (Belgium), who are contributing €4.7 million ($5 million) and €2 million ($2 million), respectively.The Bank highlighted that the development now further opens the door to new partnerships with other donors interested in supporting African countries in their transition to low-carbon, climate resilient development and green growth. Read more…The ACCF was established in 2014 with €4.725 million ($5 million) from the government of Germany.German funding initiativeThe Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the founding donor of the ACCF, expressed pride that the Fund has achieved a milestone by attracting other donors.BMZ further showed its gratitude to the German Development Agency (GIZ) for executing the agreement on its behalf. Read more…Director of AfDB’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Anthony Nyong, commented: “The ACCF plays an important role in supporting African countries to scale up their access to climate finance to advance the ambitious targets they have set in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).“The contributions of Italy and Flanders are testament to the good work that the Fund has done so far, and the potential that exists to scale it up.”Climate resilientNyong added: The partnership with our donors will be instrumental in scaling up the Bank’s climate finance to advance climate resilient, low carbon development across the continent.”The AfDB cited recent study by the Climate Policy Initiative, which indicates that only 3% of the global climate finance currently flows to Sub-Saharan Africa, despite the statistic that region is the most vulnerable to climate change.Simon Calcoen of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs stated that “the government of Flanders is convinced that the ACCF is key to resolving the current tension between unmet climate needs in Africa and available international climate finance.” AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Study: Subliminal influence has more longevity than researchers originally thought

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Twitter LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook In the current study, research conducted two experiments to determine if subliminal messaging could affect delayed decision making. In the first experiment, researchers tested whether subliminal presentations of face–occupation pairs would influence later conscious decisions about the income of the same faces. This was assessed over delays of 15 and 25 minutes. Participants were then presented with a face and had to determine if it was high or low income. In the second experiment, researchers assessed if “new vocabulary of a foreign language is acquired subliminally affecting later lexical semantic decisions on the same foreign words” with a delay of 20 minutes. Participants then had to decide if the words on the screen were a correct or incorrect translation. Both experiments were conducted with an encoding phase (face-occupation or translated words), delay period, and then decision making (high or low income and correct or incorrect translation). The decision task given in the test phase constituted an indirect (implicit) memory test. Participants were not given any information about the nature of the study, mainly so that there would be a clear assessment of subliminal messages without the influence of consciously processing any subliminal messages.The study found that the influence of subliminal messaging appears to last longer than previously thought. In both experiments, subliminal influence extended into the delay periods. For the first experiment, subliminal messaging affected participant answers to the income of a previously seen face for both delays (15 and 20 minutes). For the second experiment, subliminal presentation influenced participants decisions about correct and incorrect translations after 20 minutes. This study demonstrated that exposure to new subliminal information is enough to influence delayed decision making, for at least as long as 25 minutes. Further research should examine the practicality of subliminal messaging, especially outside of advertising, which is well known and documented. Subliminal messaging could influence decision making up to 25 minutes after the message is presented, a study in Neuroscience of Consciousness has found.Subliminal messages have distinct impacts on people’s thoughts and behavior. Subliminal messages can change a person’s current mood, boost their motivation, and can even alter their political attitudes. It is well known that subliminal information could influence people’s decision making, like who they vote for. However, for this influence to be used in a real life situation, these messages must be stored for long-term use after a few exposures. The classic example of this is a person watching an advertisement a few times on TV, and then going to the store to buy that brand. Messages must also be stored even if they contain “complex relational information that requires semantic integration, such as ‘politician X will lower the taxes.’” These messages are only able to be integrated into a person’s decision making process because people can semantically integrate and store these pieces of information, which can then be retrieved for later use in decision making.Past studies have shown that subliminal stimulation was found to nonconsciously shape decision-making if the subliminal stimuli consisted of familiar items. For example, priming studies reported that subliminal primes provided the correct responses to related targets in a classification task. There were also noticeable biased responses in “free choice” tasks in which participants freely decided between response alternatives. These past studies have provided ample evidence that subliminal messages can be integrated unconsciously and can influence decisions and choices. However, whether subliminally presented information is stored in long-term memory to influence delayed decisions has not yet been fully researched. The current study aimed to test whether subliminal stimulus pairs would affect delayed decision making.last_img read more

Tips to keep children safe from burn injuries during winter

first_imgRed Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital Children are at greater risk of suffering burns during winter, and parents and child-carers need to be extra alert to the threat, saysthe Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.Last year, the hospital treated 880 children for burns, the most common (715 children) were caused by hot liquids, followed by fires (55 cases). A further 57 children were treated for touching very hot surfaces such as heaters and hotplates on stoves.“Most burn injuries can be avoided,” says Yolande Baker, executive director of ChildSafe, the hospital’s injury-prevention unit. She says most burns happen in the home, specifically the kitchen.“A first step to preventing burns is to make sure that the home environment is safe. Children are not always able to know when something is dangerous, so parents can start by checking every room in the house for possible burn risks to children.”In the kitchen, that means making sure kettle cords are out of a child’s reach.“Kettles are a major cause of hot-water burns, which is traumatic and can be debilitating for the child,” says Ms Baker. There are several things you can do to keep yourself and your children safe while staying warm this winter: Turn pot handles away when cooking. Never hold a child while cooking at the stove. Keep kettle cords and other electrical wiring out of children’s reach. Place matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Always check the temperature of food and drink before serving to young children. Always place hot liquids and food in the centre of the table, using place mats instead of table cloths which are easy to pull. Never pass hot liquids and food over a child’s head. Keep all heaters out of reach of children. Install smoke alarms to detect fires in the home early. Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep. Avoid illegal electrical connections, and don’t overload plug sockets. Run cold water before hot water. Never leave open fires unattended. Put out a fire with dry sand. Never store highly combustible substances, such as paraffin, near a heat source.If there is a fire inside your home: Warn people inside the house to get out safely. Help people to get out and stay out of harm’s way. If there is a lot of smoke, crawl out below the smoke to escape the fire. Where possible, have more than one exit from your house, with clear routes to the door.What to do in case of a minor burn: Remove the patient from the source of danger. Cool the burn area with running tap water for at least 5 minutes. Cover the burn with a clean cloth or clean plastic. Take the patient to the nearest clinic or hospital to see a doctor.For more information on prevention of burns, visit read more

Connacht Council Confirm Post Primary Schools Senior A And B Football Championship Fixtures

first_imgThe Connacht Post Primary Schools Juvenile B Football League Final between St Joseph’s The Bish and Ballinrobe will be played in Headford on Friday the 20th of January and will throw in at 12.30.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Senior B Quarter Finals will see Four Games played between the 10th and the 23rd of January. On the 10th, Roscommon CBS play Ballinrobe Community School. Then on the 18th, St Nathy’s face St Aloysius and St Joseph’s The Bish face St Louis Kiltimagh in Headford at 12.30. The final quarter Final on the 23rd of January sees Presentation College Athenry take on Ballinamore at the Connacht Centre of Excellence at 12.30. Details of the Preliminary Round of the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A and Quarter Finals of the Senior B Football Championships have been announced. The Senior A Championship will feature two games as a double header at the Connacht Centre of excellence on the 18th of January. Rice College take on St Muredachs at 11am with the winners playing Holy Rosary College Mountbellew in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February. The other Preliminary Round game throws in at 12.30 and sees Summerhill take on St Geralds with the winners playing St Jarlaths College Tuam in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February.center_img Details of the Senior B, Senior C, Junior B and Juvenile B Post Primary Football league Finals have also been confirmed. The Senior B League Final between Presentation Athenry and Ballinrobe will be played in Tuam on Wednesday the 18th of January throwing in at 12.30. On the Same day and at the same time, The Senior C League Final between Ballyhaunis and Glenamaddy takes place in the Connacht centre of excellence while the Junior B League Final between St Muredachs and Claregalway will be played on Monday the 23rd of January with the Connacht Centre of Excellence the venue.last_img read more

#Nextchat: Navigating Social Culture

first_imgSharing our lives through social media, rather than living our lives on itLet’s be clear: Social media and the technology that drives it is not going away, and I’m not advocating that it should. Fact is, unless there’s “Zombie Apocalypse” in our near future (and if there were, we’d have bigger problems to worry about), no one is putting the social media genie back in the bottle. A 2017 report compiled by Hootsuite and “We Are Social” and published by The Next Web found that there are 3.028 billion active social media users around the globe—roughly 40 percent of the world’s population. This is an amazing testament to the powerful nature and connective influence that these platforms and communities have had on how we live our lives—at work, at home, and everywhere in between. The recent phenomenon of the #HRTribe has afforded so many of us the opportunity to truly connect, share ideas and grow. Yet, studies have also shown that there can be a downside to all this connectivity, particularly for the next generation of our workforce.    A January 2018 Washington Post article describes the effects of screen time and social media among today’s adolescents in the U.S., based on the findings of the study “Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Screen Time During the Rise of Smartphone Technology.” One of the sobering trends shows that the psychological well-being of today’s adolescents decreases the more they are on their smartphones and online. And with the ubiquity of devices and social media, the question remains: How do we strike a balance between all the positive that social media and technology provides us while still tending to our real-life relationships, particularly in today’s workplace? Please join @SHRMNextchat at 3 p.m. ET on May 2 for #Nextchat with one collective special guest, the #HRTribe! This week’s topic: navigating social culture. We will chat about how to manage the challenge of sharing our lives through social media, rather than living our lives on it. And, when we do choose to network via social media, how do we adhere to a set of behaviors that makes the experience rewarding—for all of us?   Q1. How do you use social media to help your personal and professional growth? What platforms do you think are most beneficial and why? Q2. What are some of the characteristics that make a good social media site?  Q3. If you could change one thing about people’s behavior online, what would it be?  How would you go about changing it?Q4. How do we prepare ourselves—and our employees—to handle trolls and the like online? Do you have any formal training in place? Q5. How do we strike a balance—personally and professionally—between time spent online and offline? Is a balance even necessary? Q6. Why does the #HRTribe work? What’s unique about it, and what does it mean to you? Q7. Looking 20 years into the future, what will we be saying about social media?  How To Participate in an #HR Twitter Chatlast_img read more

Google Promotes Checkout on Homepage

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Spotted tonight by John Milan, Google has a promotion for its online shopping product Google Checkout on its homepage – probably the most traffiked web page in the world. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Also there’s some interesting speculation over on theCost Per News site that Google Checkout is set to ramp up:“I‚Äôve heard rumblings from my sources within the company and from afew of the merchants involved in the Checkout program that something major ison the way‚Ķ soon.”See also Donna Bogatinand SearchEngineLand,both of whom cite some worries over Google’s management of Checkout. On thelatter link, Danny Sullivan says that “Google’s not thinking clearly aboutthe best way to balance promoting its own products and the trust of users.”More on this story as it develops, as I’m sure it will… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Defining Precision Medicine and AI in Healthcare

first_imgWhat questions about precision medicine and artificial intelligence in healthcare do you have?Tweet me your questions at @ScientistBob and watch for more video resources about these technologies. Find out more at Conversations about precision medicine and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare are everywhere these days. When I speak at conferences and panels I’m often asked about the definitions of precision medicine and AI and how they integrate into patient care.In this video, I define precision medicine and AI at the highest level and identify what healthcare CIOs should be thinking about.last_img read more

Rodriguez out of Roma-Milan

first_imgRicardo Rodriguez and Giacomo Bonaventura are out of the Milan squad travelling to Roma for tomorrow evening. It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. New coach Stefano Pioli was held to a 2-2 draw by Lecce on his debut and has some changes to his squad at the Olimpico. Davide Calabria and Samu Castillejo return from suspension, but full-back Rodriguez pulls out with a muscular issue. Also absent is midfielder Bonaventura, who continues treatment and a separate training regime. Milan squad for Roma: A Donnarumma, G Donnarumma, Reina; Calabria, Conti, Duarte, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez, Musacchio, Romagnoli; Bennacer, Biglia, Calhanoglu, Kessie, Krunic, Paqueta; Borini, Castillejo, Leao, Piatek, Rebic, Suso Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

10 months agoBVB, Liverpool target Hazard focused solely on Gladbach

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say BVB, Liverpool target Hazard focused solely on Gladbachby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThorgan Hazard says he is fully focused on Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgium international is currently being tracked by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.He told Monchengladbach’s official website: “Max Eberl [director of sport] and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful.”Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.”I am not considering a transfer right now.”I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season. I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled.”Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.” last_img read more

18 days agoChelsea winger Christian Pulisic: I hear things, I see things

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic: I hear things, I see thingsby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is well aware of his doubters.Pulisic admits the criticism has hurt, although he insists the level of expectation which comes with his £58m price tag has not weighed him down.Pulisic said: “You can’t completely ignore it. I don’t live under a rock. I hear things, I see things, but I do my best to block it out. I’m just working hard for myself.“The outside opinions don’t matter as much to me as to what’s in the team and myself and the people who care about me. So I’m just going to keep working and do my best and not worry about it.“This number (£58m) doesn’t mean anything to me. Obviously, I go out and try to give my best every time I’m on the pitch.”I’m not sure what the price tag means to you, but I just have to keep trying to perform at my best for myself and for the team.“I did the best I could with the minutes I got. I tried to help the team as best I could. I guess I’m happy but I going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop to try to get more minutes.“The level of competition has been great. Competition in the team can only make me better and I think that’s what makes teams, it’s guys who are maybe not the second or third man, but they are pushing each other in training every single day. That’s what a good team is all about.” last_img read more