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Discovering Community Power - Asset-Based Community ...

Strengthening Your Proposal – And Your Organization – By Connecting With Community Assets The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is very interested in proposals that both improve the community and strengthen the applicant organization. Our experience indicates that proposals which connect with and engage a wide range of community resources are more effective than those which involve only the staff of the lead organization. We are also convinced that non-profit organizations are much more powerful community actors when they are not exclusively focused on needs, problems, and deficiencies but are effectively connected to the resources, or assets, of the local community. This document will help any organization: 1. Strengthen its own organization by enhancing connections with the community’s assets. 2. Strengthen the community by investing in the community’s assets. 3. Strengthen current and future community based projects, activities, and proposals. The following pages are divided into three sections to help applicants connect with community assets. Section One – How to assess and strengthen your proposal’s relationships with and utilization of community assets; and Section Two – How to identify and connect your non-profit organization’s assets to this project. Section Three – Tools which may be helpful in connecting both projects and organizations to community assets. Section Four – Information about the ABCD Institute. In Section One of this manual, we will introduce a series of questions designed to guide your reflections about a proposal’s relationships to five categories of community assets. These include: 1. Local residents – their skills, experiences, passions, capacities and willingness to contribute to the project. Special attention is paid to residents who are sometimes “marginalized”.

community development financial institutions - Board of Governors ...

Low-income communities and individuals have always had limited access to financial services, affordable credit, and investment capital. The problem has multiple causes, including historical patterns of racial and ethnic discrimination, banks' and thrifts' concerns about profitability, suburbanization and the flight of capital out of the inner city, and the restructuring of 1 the financial services industry. These and other factors have created both a need and an opportunity for financial institutions that specifically target minority and low-income communities. These “alternative” entities, now referred to as community development financial institutions (CDFIs), include community development banks and credit unions; community development venture capital providers; micro-enterprise funds; and housing, business, and facility loan funds. Although diverse in scope and structure, all CDFIs have a primary mission of improving economic conditions for low-income individuals and communities by providing financial products and services that usually cannot be obtained from more “mainstream” financial institutions. They augment this financing with a range of educational services and borrower-specific technical assistance, so as to increase their borrowers’ economic capacities and potential. Despite a growing interest in CDFIs, we still know very little about these institutions. This paper begins to address this gap. It outlines the history of the CDFI industry and describes how CDFIs are responding to three specific needs in low-income communities: basic financial services; affordable credit for home purchase, rehabilitation, and maintenance; and capital for business development. We conclude with a discussion of three key quesitons facing the CDFI industry: 1. What are the impacts of CDFIs; 2. What is the role of CDFIs relative to conventional financial institutions; and 3. What does the future hold for the CDFIs industry?

The Science Behind Zoom Whitening - Philips Oral Healthcare

Notes from Dr. Joerg Strate Head of Global Clinical Affairs Philips Consumer Lifestyle At Philips, we’re passionate about creating innovative products for a lifetime of better oral health, a commitment extending both to dental professionals and to their patients. By providing products that are clinically proven safe and effective, we ensure that clinicians are confident recommending them and their patients are satisfied with the experience. We have consistently raised the bar and set new industry standards. The newest addition to our portfolio continues this tradition. Zoom is a widely recognized technology and is the #1 patientrequested professional whitening brand in the United States. The results are clinically validated, the technology is safe and reliable and the variety of formulas offers a range of options from which practices and patients may choose. And because every in-office Zoom treatment is performed by a dental professional, patients can rest assured that it is safe and appropriate for their specific oral needs. Philips Zoom is another part of the oral health equation that includes Philips Sonicare. Our innovative sonic technology has inspired patients around the world to take control of their oral health. Whitening patients tend to be more conscious of their oral hygiene, and a positive, comfortable whitening experience strengthens the bond between patient and dental professional. The advanced formulas of our take-home whitening products are clinically proven to improve enamel smoothness and luster, and our innovative lighting technology is taking light-activated whitening to new levels of clinical excellence: truly a bright future for Philips Zoom. The studies presented in this booklet focus equally on the safety and efficacy of Zoom to provide a convincing example of our ongoing commitment to independently conducted clinical research.

Severe Insulin Resistance - Cambridge University Hospitals

Severe Insulin Resistance What is severe insulin resistance? Insulin is a hormone (a chemical signal that travels in the bloodstream) made by the pancreas. It controls how the body uses sugars and fats and is essential for life. Its absence is the underlying problem in type - 1 diabetes. However, from person to person there are significant differences in how sensitive the tissues of the body are to insulin. In other words, in some people a very small amount of insulin produces a large change in the blood levels of glucose and fats (these people are said to be very insulin sensitive), while in others much larger amounts are required to produce the same change (these people are said to be insulin resistant). Those with severe insulin resistance are those whose bodies respond least well to insulin. Although many with severe insulin resistance do go onto develop diabetes, severe insulin resistance is NOT the same as diabetes: as long as the pancreas can produce enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance, diabetes does not develop. However, even before diabetes appears, insulin levels in the body may be extremely high, and this can produce a range of different problems in its own right. What are the causes of severe insulin resistance? Rarely, people are born with severe insulin resistance and remain severely insulin resistant throughout their lives. Far more frequently insulin resistance develops only at puberty or in later life, while in some people it is only a temporary condition caused by other situations or illnesses. Most commonly a tendency towards insulin resistance is inherited, but only in the presence of environmental or lifestyle factors does it become a problem. There are many different types and causes of severe insulin resistance. One way to group these is by the extent to which they are inherited or acquired, and the extent to which they reflect problems with fat (adipose) tissue:...

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Stair Design Notes -
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1. Fixed stairs stringer size Should be determined as follows (unless specified by engineer) : Horizontal Run Stringer Work Point to Work Point Size Less Than 10 Feet (3048mm) C8 or C10 10 to 20 Feet (3048 to 6096mm) C10X15.3 Min. 20 Feet (6096mm) or More C12 Min. 2. Sway Bracing should be provided on all stairs with horizontal work point to work point of 15 Feet (4572mm) or more and all stairs with fiberglass treads. 3. Stair angles greater than 45 degrees should always be avoided if possible. 4. Stringer back to back dimension is typically 3'-0" (914mm) unless otherwise specified. 5. Any uniform combination of rise/tread dimensions may be used that will result in a stairway at the angle to horizontal within the permissible range. The table below gives rise/tread dimensions which will produce a stairway within the permissible range, stating the angle to the horizontal produced by each combination. However, the rise/tread combination are not limited to those given in the table below. Odd tread spacing should always occur at the bottom step Angle To Horz. 30.58 32.00 33.68 35.27 36.87 38.48 40.00 41.73 43.37 45.00 46.63 48.00 49.90 Rise Tread Inches (mm) Inches (mm) 6-1/2" (165) 6-3/4" (172) 7" (178) 7-1/4" (184) 7-1/2" (190) 7-3/4" (197) 8" (203) 8-1/4" (210) 11" (279) 10-3/4" (273) 10-1/2" (267) 10-1/4" (260) 10" (254) 9-3/4" (248) 9-1/2" (241) 9-1/4" (235) 8-1/2" (216) 8-3/4" (222) 9" (229) 9-1/4" (235) 9-1/2" (241) 9" (229) 8-3/4" (222) 8-1/2" (216) 8-1/4" (210) 8" (203) ...

Technical Analysis Software - Linnsoft
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The days of using chart books and hand-plotted charts to track price movement are long gone. Basic technical charts and indicators are provided by virtually all investment-related Web sites. If your charting activities are confined to a quick study of a stock’s historical bar chart and the application of a few basic indicators, your needs should be meet by Web-based tools. However, if you wish to explore various chart types, experiment with a full range of indictors, test and optimize a trading strategy, and screen using technical factors, then software should be considered. Investors interested in technical analysis software will find a wide range of programs from which to choose. There are hundreds of technical analysis programs on the market today, ranging from simple charting software to programs that base buy and sell signals on astrological cycles. Faced with countless choices, it is important to identify what type of analysis you wish to accomplish with software. From there, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the features and functionality of a given software package to see if it meets your investment and analysis needs. The goal of this comparison article is to introduce you to some of the more popular technical analysis programs currently on the market. The programs included here all analyze stocks, provide some level of charting, and contain technical indicators. All of these programs can be used for end-of-day analysis, while some also handle intraday (delayed or real-time) data. The comparison grid on pages 1417 examines the features and functions that many of these programs have in common. It is a list of features that a comprehensive, robust technical analysis program should provide. Furthermore, Table 1 on pages 10 and 11 outlines some of the more popular March/April 2002

Solar Powered Refrigeration Compressor To - Senior Design

We are submitting a final report for a proof of concept for a solar powered refrigeration compressor and thermodynamic system. The report contains material on two major portions of our efforts: thermodynamic modeling and compressor construction. For both of these areas, we have included a discussion of concepts considered and reasoning for major design decisions. Our recommendations for future work are also addressed in this document. Please contact us at with questions, comments, or concerns. We have enjoyed the challenges the project has given us and hope to see the project continuing in future semesters. Thank you for your time and the opportunity to work on this project. Sincerely, Solar Powered Refrigeration Team The goal of this project was to provide a proof of concept for a solar powered refrigeration compressor designed to operate off of a pressure difference created by solar thermal energy. This included validating that the thermodynamic cycle is feasible and fabricating of a prototype, driven by compressed air, to acquire data on the design’s mechanical functionality. With this system, an adequate cooling effect is produced with minimal electrical energy input, allowing small standalone units to operate almost entirely off solar thermal energy. This type of vapor compression refrigeration (VCR) is vastly different than what is on the market today. Current solar refrigeration technology involves ammonia evaporation, which is highly inefficient and bulky in comparison. Typical evaporation refrigeration devices are in the range of thirty to forty percent efficient [1]. Needless to say, it’s time for a change. This new VCR cycle could serve many markets, reducing the use of non-renewable energy sources and moving towards a sustainable future. Markets such as produce transportation, biomedical refrigeration, commercial and residential air conditioning, and even the familiar drink cooler could benefit from this technology. To turn this idea into a marketable, economically feasible, mechanical device would forever change the way we use our energy.

Designing a Solar Cell Battery Charger - Linear Technology

Figure 1. A solar cell produces current in proportion to the amount of sunlight falling on it, while the cell’s open-circuit voltage remains relatively constant. Maximum power output occurs at the knee of each curve, where the cell transitions from a constant voltage device to a constant current device, as shown by the power curves. below a certain set point, the charge current is reduced. The charging current is adjusted via a control voltage across a current sensing resistor in series with the inductor of the buck regulator charging circuit. Decreased illumination (and/or increased charge current demands) can both cause the input voltage (panel voltage) to fall, pushing the panel away from its point of maximum power output. With the LT3652, when the input voltage falls below a certain set point, as defined by the resistor divider connected between the VIN and VIN_REG pins, the current control voltage is reduced, thus reducing the charging current. This action causes the voltage from the solar panel to increase along its characteristic VI curve until a new peak power operating point is found. If the solar panel is illuminated enough to provide more power than is required by the LT3652 charging circuit, the voltage from the solar panel increases beyond the control range of the voltage regulation loop, the charging current is set to its maximum value and a new operation point is found based entirely on the maximum charging current for the battery’s point in the charge cycle. If the electronic device is operating directly from solar power and the input voltage is above the minimum level of the input voltage regulation...