A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for Gwendolyn Louise Woody, the eldest daughter of Spence and Frances Woody. She passed away Nov. 18. She was born in Newport News, Va. She was educated in the Jersey City public school system and had a lifelong love of learning. She studied at the former Jersey City State College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional career began in data processing, eventually transitioning into computer support and training. Her expertise saw her travelling and serving clients as diverse as Macy’s and Leavenworth Federal Prison.For the past 17 years, Gwen worked at the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public Library. This reflected her natural appetite for reading, as well as her wide appetite for the intricacies of life and her love of current events. One of her greatest joys was being able to provide service directly to the community on the bookmobile. She was loved and respected by her peers and was a recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award for 2003 and 2004. Gwen was fiercely independent, and her favorite season was the fall, when she could enjoy bundling up in sweaters and being outdoors. And she loved her music. For the past few years she supported an annual concert devoted to breast cancer awareness. She looked forward to this event and the support of family, friends and colleagues. Although Gwen struggled later in life with various health issues, her sweet, even-keeled disposition never changed. Gwen was predeceased by her father, Spence, and her brother, Ronald. She leaves to mourn her mother, Martha Frances, her sister, Eugenia, a younger brother, Kenneth – former national and international news editor with The Star-Ledger, a sister publication of the Jersey Journal -his wife Edna and Ronald’s widow, Celestine, a niece, Vanisha and goddaughter, Aprille Nelson Smith, as well as a host of loving family members and friends.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.
For too long clean cooking has been the poor relation of the global clean energy sector, receiving less attention and funding than electricity access. Without a major change in direction, the global commitment to bringing clean modern cooking services to everyone by 2030 stands no chance of being met. With this programme, we intend to provoke a revolution in how the international community approaches this issue and significantly accelerate the progress being made in moving people away from cooking with biomass to really clean and modern energy cooking services. We cannot ignore the impact of using unsustainable wood and charcoal for home cooking because it contributes to climate change and harms people’s health. By using British expertise from world-leading UK research institutions and the private sector we can bring together the right technology, ideas and researchers to help tackle climate change and prevent millions of unnecessary deaths. Thanks to UK government funding already awarded to the team Loughborough University and Gamos, a company working with the social factors of technology, have produced a series of stove prototypes. These include battery supported stoves that people can use even if they live off-grid or don’t have reliable access to electricity.The £39.8 million programme, run by Loughborough University and ESMAP of the World Bank, will: Loughborough University and the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) joined forces in leading a UK aid research project to find innovative, clean and modern alternatives to biomass fuels, such as charcoal and wood.Currently, over a third of the world’s population cook using these polluting fuels, leading to around four million premature deaths each year – primarily among women and children.Using charcoal and wood to cook has a significant impact on climate change, contributing three per cent of the total CO2 emissions every year. The use of these biomass fuels, particularly charcoal, involves cutting and burning of wood sources, of which 34 per cent comes from unsustainable sources.The partnership between Loughborough University and UK aid will find ways for two billion people to use electricity to cook at home in an affordable, reliable and sustainable way. It will also find solutions to provide clean cooking options for the one billion people that do not yet have access to electricity.Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said: Loughborough University will also work with other UK research institutions such as The University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, Durham University, Gamos, The University of Liverpool, University College London, Newcastle University, University of Strathclyde, The University of Surrey and The University of Sussex.Notes to editors Accelerating the transition to clean stoves and fuels requires a serious global effort to push the boundaries on innovative technologies and to mobilize unprecedented levels of public and private financing. ESMAP brings to this partnership a wealth of experience and lessons learned in promoting clean cooking solutions, drawing on the World Bank’s work in low income countries. Rohit Khanna, Program Manager for ESMAP in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, said: General media queries (24 hours) Professor Ed Brown, National Co-Coordinator of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network at Loughborough University, said: create a Challenge Fund, managed by the partners, for tech companies, research institutions and NGOs to apply for funding to invent alternatives to the use of traditional biomass fuels used in cooking. This fund will ask researchers to consider energy storage options, the impact on grid and infrastructure and alternative fuels such as LPG, ethanol and biogas all as possibilities for modern energy cooking services; develop new technologies that make electric and gas cooking appliances more efficient, practical, desirable and affordable for poorer households; work with the private sector to develop business models and financing methods that will help get electric and gas cooking appliances onto the market, such as the cooking pot developed by Loughborough University; and provide evidence and insights on how and when countries can transition to modern energy cooking services. Telephone 020 7023 0600 Email [email protected] This partnership is working to achieve Global Goal 7 – ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The five-year £39.8 million programme builds on previous DFID funded research on clean cooking. Loughborough University is also involved in DFID’s Transforming Energy Access programme and is also being funded through the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) – a £65 million project funded by Innovate UK (via BEIS). If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.
continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There is now a whole economy of cybercrime developing specifically targeting the financial services sector and its consumers. Phishing, Credential Stuffing and other web-based attacks have had a huge cost and impact on the industry…to the tune of nearly $3 million per minute! What can be done to protect your members and their information from a cyber attack and minimize the expense if one should happen? A combination of technology and education can be your best defense.Recent data shows that every minute, organizations lose $2.9 million to cybercrime, and there are 3.5 billion malicious login attempts targeting the financial services sector. Those out there with mal-intent are continually looking for new ways to gain private information via a cyber attack. Phishing and credential stuffing are two of the most common and utilized methods for gaining illegal information.For some background, phishing is the fraudulent attempt to get information by disguising oneself as a legitimate entity in order to obtain usernames, passwords and credit card details via some sort of electronic communication, such as email or fake website. This information is often then used to hack into bank accounts and other secure websites. A recent report found 197,524 phishing domains between December 2, 2018 and May 4, 2019; of those domains, 66% targeted consumers directly. When phishing domains went after consumers specifically, 50% targeted companies in the financial services industry.