After more than two weeks of postponements due to wet weather, the Eureka High baseball team found enough room in between showers of rain on Wednesday to play its first game since March 15.Wednesday’s game against Del Norte, a home contest played at Redwood Fields, counted as Eureka’s Big 5 Conference opener.Despite a rocky fifth inning and the threat of game-ending rain all afternoon, Eureka was able to shake off its rust in favor of some mud and down Del Norte 9-4 behind a collective effort …
14 November 2014The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) has called for innovators to pitch ideas for data-driven projects that harness data to achieve real, practical, human impact in Africa, for entry in the first Africa Data Challenge. The challenge is part of the institute’s #ScienceAfrica UnConference, to be held at Impact HUB in Westminster, London on November 18. PEI is an international NGO that works for the scientific independence of Africa. The Africa Data Challenge is a groundbreaking competition. While the “data revolution” is a major theme in conversations on technology and business, there’s little discussion on how it can enhance Africa’s scientific development in a practical way. The Africa Data Challenge invites innovators from around the world to pitch their ideas for projects that can help translate and transmit the power of data to those on the continent. Projects are unlimited in scope and focus, but must be designed to have a practical, human application in the next 12 months. Contestants will present their project live in front of a panel that includes Beejaye Kokil, head of the economic and social statistics division at African Development Bank; David Tempest, head of director of access relations at Elsevier; Richard Pilling, director of professional services and analytics at Intel; and Marieme Jamme, entrepreneur and chief executive of SpotOne Global. The successful innovators will receive a cash prize of £7 000 (R124 000) and PEI’s support in rolling out their project. PEI’s second #ScienceAfrica UnConference is hosted by Lord Boateng and runs in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the World Bank and the European Commission. It brings together over 120 people who are passionate about and working in science, development and Africa for an interactive day of workshops and discussions. Participants come from diverse sectors, including international policy makers, academics, students as well as the general public. The UnConference will also be live streamed on the PEI website and people are encouraged to use the #ScienceAfrica hashtag on Twitter to engage in a robust discussion about science, technology and innovation in Africa. Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, chairman of PEI, said: “Data holds a huge amount of promise for scientific development in Africa, and for many different business sectors too, but we haven’t yet fully explored how it can be used at a local level to improve lives. As an NGO we are always looking for practical ways to support science and technology, and this Africa Data Challenge will help do just that – developing and incubating new ideas with real impact. “I’m looking forward to supporting the winning project over the next year, and to rolling out the competition across Africa. Working with our partners around the world, we are deeply committed to supporting innovations in this way, and strengthening the growing movement for scientific investment and development in Africa.” PEI is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. All of the group’s work is built around three pathways it believes will help to lead Africa to scientific independence: higher education, technological innovation, and policy and advocacy. “In other words, we want to support and strengthen higher education institutions, help incubate and seed-fund technologies able to drive scientific advancement and campaign for a science-led development agenda for Africa,” the organisation says. The institute is headquartered in London and has regional project offices in Luanda, Angola and Kigali, Rwanda. Source: APO
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KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Mayor Faulconer orders Public Utilities Department to investigate every customer complaint of high water bills Posted: February 1, 2018 February 1, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed the city’s Public Utilities Department to investigate every complaint of high water bills after some residents have noticed unexplained skyrocketing charges in recent months.The move is the latest in the city’s response to the complaints that have been covered by local media. City Councilwoman Barbara Bry on Wednesday asked the city auditor to look into the utility department’s billing procedures.So far, city officials have discovered several factors that could contribute to high water bills: a 6.9 percent rate increase that took effect on Aug. 1, a one-time billing schedule change that extended the normal 60-day billing period to up to 70 days late last year, warmer months that could contribute to increased usage, meter reading inconsistencies and leaks in homes and irrigation systems, according to the mayor’s office.“San Diegans need to be able to trust that their bills are correct — and that every cent they pay goes to ensuring we have safe, reliable water,” Faulconer said. “I’ve directed our Public Utilities Department to review every complaint to ensure that nobody is being overcharged and to correct any mistakes immediately.”In one case, for example, a resident’s bill jumped from around $200 in February 2016 to more than $1,000 in the most recent billing cycle, with no increase in usage, Fox 5 reported.Those with questions or concerns about their water bill can contact the utilities department at (619) 515-3500 or email@example.com. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Hearst appointed Josh Peskowitz Web editor of style, fashion and grooming for Esquire.com. Most recently, Peskowitz served as fashion editor at men.style.com.Forbes Media’s senior vice president and group publisher Meredith Levien was given the added responsibility of leading print strategy and product leadership across, Forbes, ForbesLife and ForbesWoman, and will oversee Eastern region integrated advertising sales. Additionally, chief digital advertising officer Robert Pietsch now will also lead the company’s product sales strategy as well as its newly-developed accountability and measurement tools on Forbes.com. He will oversee integrated ad sales efforts in the Western region.Greg Mitchell has joined TheNation.com and will manage the site’s Media Fix blog. Formerly, Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher.Time magazine announced a pair of changes to its editorial team: international editor Michael Elliot was appointed deputy managing editor, replacing Romesh Ratnesar, who left the company; and Nancy Gibbs was named executive editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel promoted three to its management team: Dan Dignam was named executive vice president, Lisa Mackenzie was named senior vice president of sales, and Tricia Syed was promoted to vice president of online marketing and analytics.San Diego-based The Competitor Group appointed Julia Beeson Polloreno editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine. Previously, Polloreno served as senior editor of San Diego magazine.St. Johnsbury, Vermont-based trade publisher Moose River Media announced three staffing changes: Sue Ravenscraft was appointed vice president of audience development and inside sales; Jeff Plaster was named publisher of Turf magazine; and Sharon Ferland was promoted to vice president of administration. Longtime Essence magazine beauty and cover director, Mikki Taylor, has retired. Taylor joined Essence more than three decades ago. Her retirement is effective March 31, after which she will contribute to the magazine as an editor-at-large.Meredith Corp. made a pair of personnel changes: Family Circle publisher Carey Witmer was named vice president and group publisher of the Meredith Parents Network, replacing Diane Newman, who left the company for American Media Inc., where she now serves as executive vice president and publishing director for its Active Lifestyle Group; and Diane Papazian was promoted from associate publisher of Family Circle to publisher.In addition to Newman’s appointment, AMI said Brian Gruseke was named vice president and publisher of Shape as well as director of corporate integrated sales. Previously, Gruseke served as group associate publisher of Meredith’s Parents Network.