2000 students to be facilitated in Money Smart workshop

first_imgNew Accounts Manager at GBTI Frances Sahadeo…to budget, save and spend prudentlyFinancial Literacy Month commenced on Monday with the launch of the Money Smart Kids workshop, designed by the Outliers Zone to assist children in making wise financial choices.In collaboration with the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), they are expecting some 2000 students from both the primary and secondary schools for the workshop on April 12.Outliers Zone is a financial wellness institute that will engage the children on the dynamics of saving, investing, spending and donating.Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Athalyah Yisrael explained that this activity eliminates the scourge of financial illiteracy by providing useful information at an early age.Yisrael explained, “Our force is radical towards our children…The primary students will be able to learn about finances on their level…What we don’t want is for them to be there and struggle paycheck-to-paycheck.”Since the 2017 launch of Outliers Zone, some 1000 persons have already benefitted from activities and discussions to control their spending habits.Meanwhile, New Accounts Manager at GBTI, Frances Sahadeo stated that the financial institution has also been instrumental in providing saving solutions for all ages.This is evident through their Early Savers programme, which has helped many children via the establishment of a saving deposit from a young age.“At GBTI, we understand these needs and challenges, so we have developed solutions for customers at every level. We cater for the children, the retirees, small and large business people,” Sahadeo stated.She added, “We believe that initiatives such as these should be endorsed and fully supported. We encourage parents to think of the kids’ future and we encourage our kids to get a piggy bank and start saving. It’s never too late to instil in our children, to start practising sound financial patterns”.Tickets for the workshop will be sold at a number of schools. For the primary school level, the cost for one ticket is $500 and the workshop is slated for 09:30h to 11:00h. The secondary students are required to pay $600 and will be facilitated from 13:00h to 15:00h. Both sessions will be facilitated at the National Gymnasium.Piggy banks are also available at the cost of $8995 but the children will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of four such saving devices. The end goal is to enable 11,000 children from the various regions to be money smart.Chief Executive Officer of Outliers Zone Athalyah Yisraellast_img read more

Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Skycrapers of the future may shine in brilliant butterfly colors.  Optical biosensors may be made from spider webs.  These are just a few of the engineering marvels coming from biomimetics—the imitation of nature.Walls of butterfly light:  A press release from University of Pennsylvania features Shu Yang’s work to imitate two desirable properties of butterfly wings: optical intensification with “structural color,” and hydrophobicity (exceptional water resistance).  Both of these properties work for butterflies because of the structure of the wing scales.By etching wafers with a laser, Yang’s team has succeeded in creating material with these properties.  Joanna Carver on New Scientist asked why this research is important, and found out what’s coming for futuristic cities:Why do this? As it turns out, we have plenty to gain from butterflies. Yang has a grant to develop butterfly-inspired hydrophobic coatings for drier, cleaner and hence more efficient solar panels.  But it doesn’t stop there – Yang has a vision of butterfly cities. She’s working with architects to create a low-cost version of her artificial butterfly wing material. “Specifically, we’re interested in putting this kind of material on the outside of buildings,” Yang said. “The structural colour we can produce is bright and highly decorative.”The colors can be controlled electronically, Yang says.  Building coated by this material will also be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and self-cleaning.  So instead of the drab concrete look of many old downtown buildings, futuristic cities may shimmer and shine with beautiful colorful light, inspired by butterflies.  The story was picked up by Science Daily and PhysOrg.Spider optics:  Did you know spider silk conducts light almost as good as glass fibers?  That “hidden talent” was featured in a press release from the Optical Society of America (OSA), which is working on harnessing silk’s optical properties for use in biosensors, lasers, and microchips.  The copy on PhysOrg begins with a photo of a handsome golden orb web spider, decked out in yellow spotted coat and striped legs, balanced upside down on its web of ideal material engineers seek to replicate.“Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light,” the OSA press release begins.  One team is using actual spider silk to guide light in photonic chips, while another is trying to imitate the proteins to manufacture the silk.  Like the butterfly wing, the spider’s material is eco-friendly, hardy and renewable.  Spider silk was already highly prized for its flexibility and durability.  For it to have this additional property is remarkable.  One engineer remarked, in fact, “There are materials that can do one of each, or a few of each, but seldom all of each.”That’s not all the OSA is looking at.  How about “spider plastic”?  Imitation plastics made of spider silk might some day be used for implantable devices that the patient’s body can resorb.  Even a prototype biodegradable laser was created from the stuff.  The “spider optics” experiments showed that silk can direct light as well as transmit it.  Another benefit is that it comes out of the spider ready to use.The press release states that Biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University in Boston gave a TED talk last year about his work with silkworm silk, hoping that “these recent successes will help more people become excited about the potential of this remarkable material.”  Biomimetics is a 99% Darwin-free, sociologically friendly research program everyone can get behind.  The remaining 1% consists of the usual Darwin spin some reporters put on it, but evolution really contributes nothing.This is the way out for imprisoned science.  It makes people excited, it stimulates research, and it helps humanity.  What’s there to dislike?  This could well be the thing needed to give science education a shot in the arm without any school board fights.  Textbooks can silently ditch the Haeckel embryos for pictures of butterflies next to skyscrapers, and drop the peppered moths for orb-web spiders next to state-of-the-art optical devices.  Think of the fun science labs and science fair projects!  Students will eagerly learn the details of biology in the process.  Nobody will miss the old icons of evolution in the gold rush over new knowledge, improved living and wealth and job creation by the new generation of biomimetics entrepreneurs.  NSF and NIH, put our money here!  Job creation from biomimetics projects via technology transfer will raise revenues.  Everybody wins.  Darwin was so 1859; this is 2012.  Let’s all get with the 21st century program; it’s not zero-sum, it’s win-win!last_img read more

State of the Nation: what South Africans are looking for

first_img13 June 2014Youth development, jobs, housing and small business support are among the things that ordinary South African will be looking for when President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday.SAnews took to the streets of Cape Town this week to ask people what they hoped to hear in the first State of the Nation address of President Zuma’s new administration.Martin Dirk, from Mitchells Plain, said he would like to hear Zuma outline how jobless and unskilled youth with matric would be helped.“Our children have passed matric and are still struggling to find jobs for years,” Dirk said. ‘My son and daughter both have their matric. My daughter passed matric when she was 18 and she is now 27, still struggling to find a decent job.”Earlier this month, Statistics South Africa released a trends survey that found that the young people of today were likely to struggle to find employment despite being more educated than the older generation.Sakhile Malinga, a local entrepreneur, said he would like to hear the President talking about how the government was going to make it easier to do business.When Zuma named his new Cabinet a few weeks ago, he announced the formation of a new Department of Small Business Development to focus on ensuring that small businesses are given a better chance of survival.“As an entrepreneur, I would like to see what the benefits are for small business,” Malinga said. “I think there are tax benefits and initiatives on receiving contracts. I think the biggest support we would require would be for government to make it easy to do business – proper business, not tender business.”Nwabisa Lindi, a young professional, said housing had in recent weeks dominated the news headlines, and she felt the government needed to ensure that enough was done to scrap housing list corruption and to allow older citizens to be given houses before young people.“I would actually like the President to look into human settlements, because we find that in most cases, in each and every province there will be youngsters getting houses,” Lindi said. “From my experiences, what I know based on recent media reports, in Vukani – an area in Gugulethu in Cape Town – you will find that the identity numbers written there were those of young people born in 1991 to 1986.“My issue is that there are older people who don’t have houses”, Lindi said. “I would like the President or the Department of Human Settlements to prioritise old people. Now that we are experiencing this kind of weather, it is very hard and it is traumatising to wonder how old people live in these conditions.”Nondumiso Matuntuta, a teacher from Khayelitsha, said she would like to hear the President announce new projects around schooling. She said she wanted to hear what Zuma would say about supporting struggling independent schools, as the ones from her area were struggling.The President’s State of the Nation address will be broadcast live on national radio and television from 7pm on Tuesday.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Don’t forget the S

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now that our corn is in the ground, it’s time to focus on the management and nutrition of our crop. Often times, when we consider what nutrients our corn needs between the V4 and V8 time frame, we think of nitrogen (N). Another nutrient that is essential to corn production, but is often forgotten or taken for granted is sulfur (S). When it comes to nutrition, a corn plant’s S needs rank only behind N, phosphorous (P), and potassium (K).S is critical to ensuring balanced nutrition in our corn crop. In the plant, S helps ensure that the plants efficiently convert N into protein. While supplying an adequate amount of N alone is good, supplying it with an ample supply of S along with that N is essential for a high-performing, efficient crop that produces maximum yields. When I think about S in corn, I compare it to maintaining a balanced diet. Our bodies can function well if we consume only two to three of the four major food groups. However, we perform much better if we keep a good blend of meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy, and bread in our diet. A corn plant is no different.Many of you may be thinking, “I’ve never applied S in the past and I’ve raised good corn, so why do I need to now?” In the past, S fertility hasn’t been a major concern due to the fact that we received “free” S from several sources such as atmospheric deposition, manure sources, and mineralization of soil organic matter. However, as we’ve improved air quality, we now have less acres receiving manure applications and have simultaneously increased our corn yields. This has resulted in S deficiencies when it’s not supplemented in a fertility program.To date, we still receive a little S from the atmosphere and some by way of organic matter breakdown or mineralization. Determining how much S that corn extracts from the atmosphere and the rate of mineralization is very difficult and can vary significantly due to weather, soil temperature, and soil moisture. Quantifying S levels in our soil can also be challenging due to the accuracy of measuring very small quantities. Also, since sulfate S is highly mobile, a soil test value is only accurate for the specific time in which the sample was pulled. One method to determine your need for S is through tissue testing. A leaf tissue analysis pulled in close proximity to the time in which you intend to make a potential S application is the best method to accurately determine your overall S level and need.A corn plant requires 0.1 to 0.12 pound of S per bushel. Corn takes up S in the sulfate form, which is highly mobile in the soil and subject to loss due to leaching. Due to this potential for leaching and loss, it’s important to apply fertilizers containing the sulfate form of S as close to the point of plant uptake as possible. As you can see in the images below, S uptake aligns similarly to that of N. Its similarity to N, and because of the potential for leaching, means that applying your S in conjunction with N between the V4 to V8 growth stage is a very good practice to feed your corn when it needs it most.Because S is considered a secondary macronutrient, it is required in smaller quantities than N, P, and K. However, this does not make it any less important, as it is still one of the 16 essential nutrients to production, and is critical to overall crop yield and development.For more Agronomic News from Luke Schulte, please visit his Agronomy Page.last_img read more