Start Network tests blockchain technology for foreign aid distribution

first_img  129 total views,  1 views today Start Network, a global network of 42 international NGOs including Oxfam and Save the Children, has partnered with social enterprise start-up Disberse to test blockchain technology in the distribution of foreign aid.The project aims to speed up the distribution of aid funding and trace how it is spent, ultimately enabling every pound to be traced from the original donor to each individual assisted. Start Network and Disberse hope that it will enable more money within the international aid system to reach the people it is intended to help, with the flow of funding monitored at every stage, and less lost through the process of currency exchange.The Disberse platform has been designed to limit aid finance losses and has already been piloted in a development project, which enabled UK-based charity Positive Women to reduce its transfer fees and trace the flow of funds down the chain to a project in Swaziland. The project saw funds sent from the UK to four Swazi schools via a local NGO and resulted in zero losses at the points of delivery. The saving enabled Positive Women to fund an additional three students’ fees for a year.Commenting on the project, Sarah Llewellyn, Director of Positive Women, said:“We normally use our bank to transfer funds, but transfers have become increasingly expensive and slow. Using Disberse, we saved 2.5 per cent [on forex fees], which covered the costs of a year’s education for an additional three girls. We could also see our funds being distributed to partners and schools, enabling us to spend less time monitoring, and more time demonstrating impact to our donors.”Start Network, which has deployed more than £100 million in foreign aid worldwide over the past four years, will now work with the Disberse platform to scale up this first project. The partnership will test the system on a series of small disbursements over the next six months within Start Network’s existing programmes.Sean Lowrie, Director of the Start Network said: Advertisement Tagged with: blockchain Finance Technology Start Network tests blockchain technology for foreign aid distribution Melanie May | 3 August 2017 | News  130 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 “This partnership could lead to the transformation needed in the way money flows through the humanitarian system. The Start Network is testing innovative solutions to many humanitarian challenges to enable aid agencies to be more efficient and effective. This new project could catalyse a new way of working, one that is transparent, fast and which drives accountability to taxpayers and those affected by crises.”Ben Joakim, CEO and co-founder of Disberse said:“Disberse was born from an ambition to preserve and improve the impact of aid finance, for the communities and individuals it serves. We believe in the purpose of aid, but recognise it is constrained by inefficiencies. Using blockchain technology, we digitise and distribute donor funds through the chain to recipient beneficiaries. These transactions are transparent, and can be viewed online, ensuring funds are distributed and delivered as intended.”Disberse, a for-profit social enterprise, was founded in September 2016 as a fund-management and distribution platform to enable donors, governments, and NGOs to transfer and trace funds through the entire donation chain, from donor to beneficiary, via intermediaries.It is one of 24 start-ups in the UK recently accepted into the Financial Conduct Authority’s sandbox, which allows businesses to test products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms in a live environment where consumers are appropriately protected. Disberse is working alongside the regulator to help build the government’s understanding of blockchain technology and to enable Disberse to test its platform within regulated conditions. The preliminary work by Start Network has been made assisted by a €50,000 donation from the government of Estonia.last_img read more

Local Singer Goes on Racist Rant in Nail Salon, Apologizes on Instagram

first_imgAfter more profane remarks, she tells the nail salon employee:“Go back to your f-in country.”The employee replies to Monica, “I’m not even going to say anything to that.”Monica retorts: “B****. I’m smarter than y’all. As a matter of fact, b****, I’m an independent artist, recording artist, and I’m going to “f***ing blow the f**** up.”She then tells them that someday they are going to want her to have her nails done at the salon.“Check me out, Corina Monica, Stay Flossy.” “Stay Flossy” is the title of one of her songs.She concludes the encounter by saying, “I hope you f***ing lose this place and you go the f*** back to your country.”On Friday, Monica issued an apology on Instagram:Monica describes herself as an independent artist, songwriter and entertainer from Pompano Beach on reverbnation.com. She was born in Romania and moved to Florida at the age of 9.She adds that growing up in South Florida had a major influence on her style. Last Thursday, Monica posted on Twitter she was officially moving to Tampa. The nail salon where the incident occurred is located in Tampa. A Pompano Beach woman, who refers to herself as an independent recording artist, has issued an apology following a racist rant that was captured on cell phone video at a nail salon.It started when a nail technician was unable to finish doing Corina Monica’s acrylic nails.Monica begins by saying:“You took my nails off, what am I supposed to do now?”One of the employees tells her she can have her nails done by another professional.Monica fires back. “Oh, that’s real professional.”The video was posted on Twitter account Fifty Shades of Whey (WARNING: Graphic language. Viewer discretion is advised.)She then asks the woman, “Where you from?”Monica apparently is unaware she is being recorded when she says: “Why do you come to this country, work here, and don’t do what’s right for our citizens? You make money, you live in my country and you’re going to tell me you can’t do my nails b***tch?”Posted a new song: “Corina Monica – Stay Flossy (Master)” https://t.co/Ri8o6yVeri #music https://t.co/XXsZKGqtdu— Corina Monica (@CorinaLucaciu) July 14, 2020last_img read more

Loggers host Menlo-Atherton in first state playoff game in program history tonight

first_imgThe message from Jason White 24 hours before his Loggers take the field for their first state championship playoff game in program history is as clear as it was in mid September — the Eureka Loggers welcome any challenge.What the head coach won’t admit? They really haven’t faced one. Not against the several upper division teams his Loggers handled with ease during the regular season and certainly not against Las Lomas a week ago in the North Coast Section D-III semifinals, a game which the …last_img

Kurtenbach: Derek Carr’s egregious turnovers foil Raiders, his cause

first_imgFor the most part, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was outstanding against the Packers on Sunday. Against a fast and talented defense, he went 22-for-28 for 293 yards, pushed the ball downfield a few times, and put his team deep into Green Bay territory drive after drive.But the Raiders lost 42-24 Sunday, because the more important part was that Carr made two egregious errors in the end zone before being pulled with his team down 25 points halfway through the fourth quarter.Related Articles …last_img

Davis Cup: Yuki goes down tamely, India lose play-off tie 2-3

first_imgYuki Bhambri at Davis Cup 2014 (AP Photo)India’s agonising wait to return to the World Group continued as the hosts lost 2-3 to Serbia in the rain-hit playoff tie after Yuki Bhambri surrendered tamely in the decisive fifth rubber against Filip Karjinovic in Bangalore on Monday.Krajinovic turned out to be a hero for the Serbians with his 6-3 6-4 6-4 win as the 2010 champions reclaimed their place in the World Group.The result means that India will now again fight it out in Asia/Oceania zone in the 2015 season. The last time India had made it to the World Group was in 2011, interestingly losing to Serbia in the first round.Yesterday, till the rain forced suspension of play in the second reverse second singles between the number two players, Yuki was fighting tooth and nail following Somdev Devvarman’s inspiring win over Dusan Lajovic.However, Yuki did not look the same fighting player today as he failed to rein in his unforced errors and failed to grab his chances. Twice Yuki had the opportunity to break Krajinovic and turn it around but he failed to do so.Coming to the courts this morning, trailing 4-6 4-4, dropping serve was the last thing Yuki needed but he did exactly that and when he had a chance for redemption in the next game, he could not do so.He squandered two break points when Krajinovic was serving for the second set. Krajinovic though played like a man possessed as he saved the breakpoint with a fiery ace. The Serbian was precise in his stroke-making and hit winners at will.advertisementPlaying a live fifth rubber for the first time, Yuki was far from convincing in his effort as he dropped serve in the first game of the third set at love as Krajonovic raced to a 3-1 lead.Yuki’s serve deserted him as he won only four points in three service games. He saved himself from falling further by saving two break chances in the fifth. The set went with serve and Krajinovic sealed the tie without any fuss.In the 114-year-old history of Davis Cup, there have been only 51 instances when nations have came back from 0-2 to win the tie and India have done that only once when they beat Brazil in 2010 in Chennai. Somdev had won the fourth rubber then and Rohan Bopanna the fifth.On Saturday, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna had brought India back with their stunning win in the doubles after the hosts lost both the singles on Friday.Somdev then pulled off a majestic win in the fourth rubber over Dusan Ljovic to lock the tie 2-2.last_img read more

4 days agoAFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAFC Wimbledon have parted company with boss Wally Downes, two days after he was suspended for four weeks after admitting breaching Football Association rules around betting.Downes, 58, took over the Dons in December 2018 and led them to League One survival last season.However, he was suspended by the club in September after being charged with placing bets on games.The club said they had “reached an agreement” to part with Downes.A club statement said: “Wally leaves on mutually agreed terms and with our sincerest gratitude for his time with the club, especially his invaluable contribution last season.”The agreement was reached with the approval of the Dons Trust board.” last_img read more

We Ranked College Football’s 15 Hardest Schedules For The 2016 Season

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) There will be some surrender cobras this year.There will be some surrender cobras this year.The 2016 college football season may seem far off in the future, but in reality, it’s less than four months away. Coaches and players, of course, are already preparing for the 12 opponents on their schedules. The teams on the list you’re about to read are likely preparing a little harder than the rest, however.Every year, due to both conference affiliation and scheduling, some teams wind up having way more difficult schedules than their peers. It can be both a blessing and a curse. If you run through a tough schedule, you’ll likely be rewarded when bowl season comes around. If you struggle, you might not even qualify for the postseason.We’ve gone through and put together a list of what we think are the 15 hardest schedules in college football this upcoming season. No. 1 isn’t even debatable – you’ll see why.Get Started: The 15 Hardest Schedules For 2016 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more

15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM founder and CEO Beverly Bond, “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville, Accenture chief leadership & human resources officer Ellyn Shook, Expect a Miracle author Jenny Long, and the healthcare system Northwell Health, will be honored at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.Beverly Bond is to receive the Women Who Care Award, Deborah Norville the Women Who Care Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award, Ellyn Shook the Women Who Care Women in Business Award, Jenny Long the Women Who Care Karen Hansen Caregiver Award, and Northwell Health the Women Who Care Corporate Commitment to Caring Award.The luncheon benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.Susan Lucci, star of the hit series “Devious Maids,” Emmy award-winning actress of “All My Children,” and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of the luncheon. For the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series “Passions,” will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day.Beverly Bond is one of the world’s premier DJs, and a celebrated TV producer, social innovator and philanthropist. In 2006, Ms. Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to showcase empowering images of women of color. In 2010, Ms. Bond partnered with BET to produce the TV presentation of the awards, which has grown to an annual viewership of over 10 million. She has recently launched additional advocacy and empowerment based platforms including BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Africa; GIRLS ROCK TECH, a STEM initiative for women and girls; ROCK LIKE A GIRL, a music, film and arts education initiative for women and girls; and KING ME! a holistic youth development program for black boys. A 2013 and 2014 NAACP Image Award winner, Ms. Bond has been listed amongst EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list for five consecutive years, in ESSENCE Magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who are Changing the World,” among Variety’s Spring 2014 “Women of Power” and in Elle UK’s 2015 “Feminist Issue.”Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. She is known to millions as the Anchor of “Inside Edition”, the nation’s top-rated syndicated news-magazine, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. Norville is the author of a number of best-selling books including Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, and The Power of Respect. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, her Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts, has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Ms. Norville is a Director of the Viacom Corporation and a member of the Women’s Forum of New York. She serves on the Children’s Council for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a Director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America.Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for the people programs that empower 373,000-plus Accenture professionals to improve the way the world works and lives. Her team is focused on re-imagining leadership and talent practices in the digital age to help attract, develop, inspire and reward the very best people. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity and is especially passionate about gender equality in the workplace. Ms. Shook serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a member of the HR50 division of World50 and the American Health Policy Institute Board of Governors. She is also active in Women in America, the Ellevate Women’s Network and the Women’s Forum of New York. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ms. Shook one of the top 10 CHROs.Jenny Long is the author of Expect a Miracle, the best-selling inspirational story of how she raised two extraordinary boys against all odds – brothers whose love and determination affirmed her deeply held faith that everyone, no matter their challenges, can find their miracle. Ms. Long is the mother of Conner, 12, and Cayden Long, 10, who have competed in triathlons together as Team Long Brothers since 2011. Connor saw it as a way for him to connect with Cayden, who suffers from Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and they have competed together in more than 14 triathlons, including two IronKids Triathlons. In 2012, the brothers were awarded the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) Hero Among Us Award, as well as the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids Award.The healthcare company Northwell Health is to be recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality care to patients facing developmental, physical, and emotional challenges, how it has fought to create better, more inclusive lives for children and adults with disabilities, and its commitment to improving the overall health of the community.The Women’s Who Care/Luella Bennack Award is presented each year at the Women Who Care Luncheon, in memory of Luella Bennack, the late wife of Frank Bennack, long-time Hearst Corporation CEO, long-term supporter of UCP of NYC and Women Who Cares’ lead sponsor. Luella believed that philanthropy is essential to increasing the well-being of humankind. In living out that philosophy, she focused many of her talents on supporting UCP of NYC while motivating others to follow her example. Like Luella, all of the extraordinary women who are honored with her namesake award inspire others through their care, concern, and deep commitment to charitable endeavors. Recent honorees of the Luella Bennack Award include Lynda Carter (2015), Judith Light (2014), Cyndi Lauper (2013), Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas and Lauren Bush Lauren.Disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer and author Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011, as well as being twice nominated for an Emmy. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus’ final year as Chair of Women Who Care.Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst, will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s Women Who Care. Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of “Glee Project” and “Glee” fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.To purchase tickets for the Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, please visit www.ucpnyc.org.last_img read more

Eyewitnesses reporting crash on South Taylor Hill

first_imgORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A number of eyewitnesses are reporting that Highway 97 is closed at the top of the South Taylor Hill because of a collision.The first report came in at 4:55 p.m. from Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, who was driving on Highway 97 headed to the Fort St. John Airport. Bernier said that the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a semi-truck, had occurred just moments before he happened upon the scene. According to Bernier, the crash is located roughly 300 metres from the chain-up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill, and that emergency crews were just arriving on the scene when he arrived. He added that the crews at the scene have closed the highway in both directions.Several other motorists have also messaged Energeticcity.ca to report the crash, though at this point, there’s no word about the crash from DriveBC.ca or the RCMP. There were also no vehicles visible on the DriveBC highway cam at the top of the South Taylor Hill as of 5:06 p.m. MST. 12:30a.m. UPDATE – The Highway is open in both directions.11:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca still says the Highway will be closed until 3:30 a.m. Mountian time Monday.  For updates throughout the night visit www.drivebc.ca9:30 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca continues to say the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time Monday.  The next update on the status of the Highway will be issued at 11 p.m. 6:40 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time.  The only detour they recommend is using the highways through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.6:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says there is no current estimate on when the Highway will re-open.  They list the best detour as going back through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.#BCHwy97 Closed 7km South of #TaylorBC due to vehicle incident. Detour available see: https://t.co/Ji95sHT9NK #YXJ #FortStJohn— Drive BC (@DriveBC) March 5, 20185:45 p.m. UPDATE – Eyewitnesses in the area of the collision say they are being told it will be several hours before the Highway will be open again.  Official information about the closure or the collision has not been released as of yet by authorities.Here is a photo of the scene.This image was sent to Energeticcity.ca.center_img This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

OGC releases report on 2017 Todd Energy Well Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has released a report on the 2017 well fire at a facility owned by Todd Energy near Wonowon.On December 3, 2017, workers heard a loud bang followed by a gas release from a well site north of Wonowon.  Only 83 seconds after the gas release, a fire started at the facility.The report released by the OGC suggests the incident was caused by human error when installing the bull plug on the north casing flange of the wellhead.  The report says “Had the threads of the bull plug been fully engaged in the north casing flange, it is unlikely that well control would have been lost.” “The investigation was not able to identify who installed the bull plug in the north casing flange or when it was installed. Based on interviews, the bull plug may have been installed within 24 hours of when the incident occurred, but this could not be verified.”The fire started on December 3, and it wasn’t until December 22, 2017, when the incident was over, and crews were stood down.  A total of 36 people were working on the site at the time of the incident, and thankfully no one was injured.The report says the collection of evidence was difficult due to the fire and the length of the incident.  “Physical evidence recovered from the site included the wellhead from the ‘0’ well (the first of five wells on the property), a two-inch bull plug that was found at the base of the wellhead and the backplate of the pressure gauge that was installed on the well. The backplate of the pressure gauge was recovered shortly after the incident by TECL (Todd Energy) and was subsequently misplaced during the emergency response effort.“Bull plug recovered from base of the ‘0’ well showing damage on first two threads. – OGCThe Oil and Gas Commission has directed Todd Energy to develop a procedure to ensure wellhead components are assembled by competent personnel and that connections are inspected and documented before being pressurized.  The Commission says Todd Energy has already implemented a wellhead checklist.The report also says Todd Energy must do ongoing monitoring of groundwater to show that remediation from the fire has been completed. A copy of the event timeline and the full report are below. Todd Energy Well Fire Timeline This timeline was created by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. July 2014• Commission issues well permits for the ‘0’ well and the ‘A’ well to Paramount Resources Ltd. Sept/Oct 2014• ‘0’ well is drilled and completed (hydraulically fractured). March 2015• Permits for the ‘0’ and ‘A’ wells are transferred to Todd Energy Canada Ltd. (TECL). Feb. 2016• TECL conducts a suspended well check and takes pictures of the ‘0’ wellhead. June 2017• Commission issues permits for the ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ wells. June 2017• Pictures of ‘0’ wellhead taken during routine site inspection by TECL. Nov. 23, 2017• Pressure monitoring equipment installed on ‘0’ well north casing valve to monitor casing pressure during fracturing of the ‘A’ well. Nov. 30, 2017• Rig up service rig to run casing patch on ‘A’ well. Dec. 1, 2017• Rig up well test equipment to flow ‘0’ well to reduce formation pressure during service rig operations on the ‘A’ well. • ‘0’ well is flowing water. Dec. 2, 2017• Pressure gauge on ‘0’ well casing valve removed to address freezing/hydrate issues. Dec. 3, 2017: 5 a.m.• Well testers note first burnable gas while flowing the ‘0’ well. 10:51 a.m.• Incident occurs – sudden gas release on ‘0’ well. Site evacuated and emergency response activated. • Ignition occurs within 83 seconds. • Well is flowing out of control and flame is impinging on the ‘A’ well. 11:22 a.m.• TECL reports incident to Emergency Management BC (EMBC). 11:26 a.m.• Commission receives report of incident from EMBC and begins activation of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). 1:03 p.m.TECL confirms that their EOC is open, roadblocks are in place, air monitoring, well control and fire safety specialists are en route. Thirty-six people have been evacuated from the site and all are accounted for. 3:46 p.m.• TECL confirms they have contacted area permit holders, closest residents and the Blueberry River First Nations. 4:49 p.m.• Fire trucks and air monitoring are on site. • Site security is to be maintained overnight with well control operations resuming in the morning. Dec. 4, 2017• Well control specialist arrives on site. Dec. 4, 2017• Work focuses on clearing equipment off of the site to prepare for well control operations. • Service rig on ‘A’ well topples. Derrick lands on wellhead of ‘0’ well and bends wellhead. • Crane on site topples. «‹12›» SearchSearch inTimeDetail TimeDetaillast_img read more