Pineapple Fund sees anonymous donor give away $86m in bitcoin

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: Bitcoin cryptocurrency Pineapple Fund sees anonymous donor give away $86m in bitcoin The Pineapple Fund launched in December, announced through a post on Reddit, and applications closed this month.On the site, the donor, who goes by the name of ‘Pine’, says publicity is not the point of the fund, hence their anonymity, and explains the reasoning behind the fund:“Sometime around the early days of bitcoin, I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens. The expectation shattering returns of bitcoin over many years has lead to an amount far more than I can spend.“What do you do when you have more money than you can ever possibly spend? Donating most of it to charity is what I’m doing.”Back in September last year, a partnership saw DonateBitcoin join forces with MakeMyDonation and OrgHunter to enable all 1.5m charities in the U.S. to accept bitcoin donations. Through the deal, when a user makes a bitcoin donation, it is sent to MakeMyDonation through Stripe, with donations instantly converted into US dollars.  177 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 23 February 2018 | Newscenter_img An anonymous donor is giving $86 million worth of bitcoin to charity.So far, $53,047,101m has been donated through the Pineapple Fund, to 58 charities with all funds now allocated. The sums donated to each non-profit have been substantial. They include $1m to the Water Project, $1m to the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, $5m to Maps, $5m to OMF, and $2m to the Internet Archive. The money is sent to recipients in bitcoins, to be exchanged into US dollars. 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.  178 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8last_img read more

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Syracuse still searching for consistency behind the plate

first_img Published on March 27, 2019 at 12:26 am Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Heading into a weekend series with Indiana, Syracuse head coach Shannon Doepking predicted the Hoosiers would try to steal whenever they got on base and play a “high tempo.” To combat this, she pointed to the catchers throwing runners out as a way to prevent losing control of the game.In the end, Indiana stole eight bases in two games, and Syracuse’s catchers only caught one baserunner in two losses. The lack of ability to throw runners out has been a recurring issue for the Orange, as they’ve thrown out five runners but have allowed 44 steals.Doepking, who was an All-Southeastern Conference catcher at Tennessee before playing professionally, has started freshman Alexis “AJ” Kaiser, junior Gianna Carideo and sophomore Michala Maciolek at catcher. No catcher is hitting above .200, and Doepking said the position is a “big hole for us right now.” Maciolek started 37 of 50 games last year with Carideo as her backup. But as Syracuse (10-18, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) enters its first weekend series at Skytop Softball Stadium, the Orange still haven’t settled on a 2019 starter.“I don’t really care whether it’s Mich, whether it’s AJ, whether it’s Gianna, I just think (catching is) an area that we can clean up and we need to take a little bit of ownership and realize the importance of it,” Doepking said.Kaiser started with two home runs in the first four games. But since Feb. 17, she’s only recorded two hits and did not play in any of last week’s three contests against Boston College. In her place, Carideo played more than usual, but also struggled at the plate. Carideo went 0-for-6 in two games against BC, but caught two runners stealing. Kaiser has started 13 games, and Carideo has started three.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Carideo and Maciolek have a perfect fielding percentage, but Maciolek has thrown one more runner out. Maciolek’s .195 batting average is the highest of the three catchers, and she’s started the most games (16).“I wouldn’t compare us,” Maciolek said. “I think we all equally offer different things that are great.”Last year, Maciolek set a freshman record with 319 putouts and entered her sophomore season with the third-best fielding percentage (.991) in SU history. But she struck out (14) almost as many times as she reached on a hit (20).“I think she’s grown a lot as a player,” pitcher Alexa Romero said. “She’s getting on base more frequently, she is really trying to develop herself as a catcher, which is very noticeable on and off the field.”Romero, who doesn’t prefer pitching to any catcher more than another, has developed a strong relationship with Maciolek. Their bond helps when Syracuse is trying to keep a game under control, she said. Every time they take the field, Maciolek and Romero remind each other that the only thing separating them is 43 feet — the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound. “Simplistic” sayings and “constant talk” keep Romero relaxed in high-pressure situations, Romero said.Still, Maciolek has struggled with the mechanics of popping up from her crouch and throwing down to second base, Doepking said. After one practice last week, Doepking’s legs were sore from demonstrating the proper footwork. Maciolek appreciates her coach’s “hands-on” approach and said the catchers work together to relay all the information their coach gives them.“Right now,” Doepking said, “we’re just trying to find someone who can throw some runners out.” Commentslast_img read more

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