Be effective leaders – First Lady to graduates of leadership programme

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday charged the 66 graduates at the Fourth Youth Leadership and Training Programme to use their newly acquired skills to become effective leaders in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities.“I charge you to dream beyond that; to have the vision and develop the stamina that will take you to participation in local, regional and general elections as the honest, forthright leaders our country needs,” First Lady Granger said in her address at the closing ceremony, held at the Madewini Training Centre on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.The graduates pay keen attention as the First Lady makes her addressThis latest group of graduates are employed young persons, who were selected to participate in the sessions aimed at teaching them practical leadership related skills.“You were selected because someone recognised your leadership potential,” the First Lady said, even as she reminded them that their participation in the training over two weekends is a demonstration of their commitment and desire to enhance themselves and serve their communities.The training programme is a combination of theory and practice that was designed to fill the gaps in training youth across the country. These youths are taught leadership, management, event planning, communications, effective public speaking, meeting, and meeting procedures and other ‘soft’ skills such as courtesy and deportment.The First Lady encouraged the graduates to use what they learnt, “to begin to function efficiently and effectively as a leader.”Meanwhile, Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton said he is always pleased to attend the closing ceremonies as he would have noted the participants’ measurable progress from start to finish.He said that the programme, “focuses on leadership by example… We seek to inculcate self-discipline and love for your country. We are urging the young people that are trained to seek to improve their own lives as well as the lives of other young people in the community.”Youth from all but the Barima-Waini, Potaro-Siparuni and Upper Takutu-Upper Berbice regions participated in the latest training, Norton revealed.Special prizes were given to Wilton Hinds and Shareefah Parks who were named the male and female participant who best exemplified leadership, and Akeem Hyndman and Tanya Hooper, named the male and female with the most outstanding personality. These awardees were all selected by their peers.The graduates celebrated their success and charmed the audience with a mixed musical presentation that included a rendition of “I believe the children are our future” and “Lean on me”.Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael, Deputy Director of Youth Leslyn Boyce and Ronald Austin Jr, Training and Education Officer were also present at the ceremony.last_img read more

Live pro wrestling returns: Rumble in the Redwoods VI kicks off Saturday night

first_imgLive professional wrestling returns to Humboldt County as headliners Boyce LeGrande and Rocket Boy Brett battle for the Pacific North Coast Championship.Rumble in the Redwoods VI kicks off Saturday night at Redwood Acres. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bell set to sound at 7 p.m.Boyce LeGrande, the defending Pacific North Coast champion, will defend his belt against the challenger, Rocket Boy Brett. The two clashed in the main event of last year’s edition of Rumble with LeGrande claiming …last_img read more

Ekhaya: a bit of South Africa in London

first_img All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ village Dubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations. It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses. This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site. The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation. Source: Brand South Africa Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. 17 July 2012 Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will find a welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.’ But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,’ she adds. Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.’ The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August. Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,’ the department notes. South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home’ that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

Decline in South Africa’s mortality rate continues

first_img19 March 2014The number of deaths in South Africa decreased by 7.7% between 2010 and 2011, as a downward trend in mortality that started in 2007 gained further momentum, Statistics SA’s Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa Report for 2011 reveals.“The downward trend observed since 2007 in the number of deaths occurring in the country per year continues,” Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said at the release of the report in Pretoria on Tuesday, noting that a total of 505 803 deaths were registered in 2011.“The number of deaths between 2010 and 2011 decreased by 7.7%, while during 2009-2010 and 2008-2009 the number of deaths decreased by 5.6% and 2.6% respectively, which is an indication that the number of deaths are annually decreasing at an increasing rate.”The report indicates that communicable diseases are on the decrease in South Africa, especially among females.The overall decrease in the mortality rate was much higher for females than for males. Between 2010 and 2011, deaths of females decreased by 8.2%, while deaths of males decreased by 7.5%.Lehohla attributed the overall decrease to the government’s massive intervention to provide treatment to tuberculosis (TB) patients and people living with HIV.The decrease also coincided with decreases in tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia and intestinal infectious diseases. “While these causes remain among the 10 leading causes of death in the country, their relative importance in mortality is decreasing over time,” Lehohla said.“However, among the 10 leading causes of death due to communicable diseases, the proportion of deaths due to HIV disease continues to increase, although at a very slow pace (from 3.1% in 2009 to 3.4% in 2010).”In recent years, there has been a modest increase in the proportion of deaths due to specific non-communicable diseases, Statistics SA found.Among the 10 leading causes of death, there was an increase in the proportion of death due to the following causes: other forms of heart disease (particularly heart failure), cerebrovascular disease (largely stroke), diabetes mellitus, and hypertensive diseases.The contribution of these diseases to the overall number of deaths in 2009 was 15.2%, increasing to 17% in 2011. The proportion of deaths due to injuries also increased slightly, from 8.7% in 2009 to 9.1% in 2011.The proportion of deaths due to certain infectious and parasitic diseases and respiratory diseases has declined, while there has been an increase in the proportion of deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system; neoplasms (cancers); and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases.The Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa Report for 2011 is based on data collected by the Department of Home Affairs through the country’s death registration system. It is estimated that this system covered 94% of adult deaths in the country during this period.Source: read more

How to Cheat* at LEED for Homes

first_imgThe subject of many of my talks, as well as a chapter in the upcoming green building textbook I am co-authoring is the concept of “Green From the Start.”I realize this isn’t all that original, but it is critically important and is always worth repeating, at least until everyone understands and actually does it – then I suppose we can all shut up and go home.Getting green certification begins with looking at the checklist and planning a design strategy. Sure, you can go the hard route and aim for full credits on every item on the checklist, but for those just trying to dip their toe in the green building pool, this isn’t practical.Instead, pick up as many points as you can by doing the easy stuff. While this isn’t technically cheating, it will feel like it because many of these things are things that quality builders do already.In (roughly) the order that they appear on the LEED checklist, here are 22 simple things you can do to get up to _70 points_ on your project. RELATED ARTICLES Green Rating Systems for Home BuildingGBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?New Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They AnswerEqual-Opportunity Feather Rufflingcenter_img 1. Build a smaller home/call everything a bedroom. Keeping your house below the neutral score for homes of 1900 SF with three bedrooms will lower the total number of points you need. If your house is big, make sure you have lots of rooms that can be classified as bedrooms to offset the point penalty for larger homes. A bedroom is classified as any room that can be used for sleeping that meets fire and building code requirements. Who needs hallways when you can have more bedrooms?2. Build near transit, stores, schools, etc. Considering that transportation energy is almost always more than site energy, this one gets some real-world results. Points for infill projects , homes built on previously developed land, built near existing water and sewer service and near open space all gain points. Up to 10 points are available for location credits.3. Use less wood. Building with advanced framing techniques is not hard, saves money, makes buildings more efficient, and provides points. Just do it and grab up to 3 points.4. Build a duplex. High density development is tough to do for custom single family homes, but easy for multifamily projects . Build on a 1/7 acre (or smaller) lot and get 2 points. Twenty or more units per acre gets you 4 points.5. Model your building. Get your rater to do an energy model (HERS Rating) on your project early in the process and play around with different options to make it more efficient. You may find that putting a little more insulation and a smaller HVAC system is cheaper and will get you more points. While it’s tough to approach the 0 HERS score that gets you 34 points, a HERS 70 is not that tough and gets you either 9.5 or 13 points, depending on your climate zone.6. Leave out the fireplace — get 2 points. No one really needs one anyway, do they?7. Leave the garage out back. Build a detached garage , add a breezeway if your clients are afraid of getting wet, and get 3 points.8. Get your LEED AP Homes designation, or have someone on your team get their LEED AP Homes designation (regular AP designations don’t qualify) and pick up one easy point.9. Use your Green Rater. You have to put together the durability management checklist anyway, and if you have your rater independently verify it you get 3 points. This may take a little extra work coordinating schedules and providing some photo-documentation, but it gets you a lot of points for the effort.10. Don’t poison bugs. Design and build to keep those pesky termites at bay without poisoning your clients, get up to 2 points.11. Be stingy with outside water use. If you’re putting in irrigation , you get up to 3 points for including some simple water efficiency measures.12. Be stingy with interior water use. Install one efficient showerhead (just one!) per stall, high efficiency toilets and lavatories (all of them) and get 6 points. Doh!13. Insulate the hot water pipes — get a point.14. Use green products and materials. Tracking Environmentally Preferred Products is kind of an administrative nightmare, but you can pick up as many as 8 points for things like finger-jointed studs, fly ash in concrete, PEX pipe, locally sourced products (within 500 miles), no carpet, and low-VOC paints.15. Recycle. If there are companies that recycle construction waste in your area, hire them. You’ll probably save money and pick up as many as 3 points.16. Three words: Automatic Bath Fans. Install timers, motion sensors, or buy fans with auto off or humidistat controls for your bathrooms and pick up a point.17. Upgrade the HVAC filters. You have to put in a minimum of MERV 8 HVAC filters , so why not upgrade to a 10 or 13 and pick up 1 or 2 more points for not much cost or effort.18. Take off your shoes. Install a bench and shelves for shoe storage at the main entry, add one point.19. Make vacuuming easy. Install a central vacuum system, get another point.20. Air out the house for at least 48 hours before occupancy. It’s a good idea and an easy point.21. Vent the soil gasses . If you’re not in a radon risk zone, it’s still a good idea to put in a soil gas vent system and you get to take a point for not much effort.22. Brag about your green-ness. Put up a LEED for Homes sign, stick a few pages on your website about LEED, get an article published, hold four open houses. Pick three and you get a point. These are all good marketing practices and will help you get more business.OK, class, I think I’ve given you enough for you to digest for today. Your assignment is, based on what you just learned, to look at a recent project you either certified, or thought about certifying, and note where you missed some easy points. Now you know how to pick up those points on the next project. Next time we will discuss the really tough credits to get, the secret credits, prerequisites, and how to handle your documentation.*No, that title wasn’t my idea. It was my damned editor’s. But I got paid, and you read the article, right?last_img read more

Arizona Approves New Fee for Solar Customers

first_imgArizona Public Service had sought an increase in the monthly fee for customers with rooftop solar electric installations of as much as $100, but state regulators have voted to add only $5 to monthly electric bills, the Associated Press reports.The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the new fee for customers of the state’s largest utility in mid-November after two days of talks and public testimony.The question of how to treat utility customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems is proving contentious, not only in Arizona but in a handful of other states, and even abroad. Utilities have complained that as more customers install PV arrays and buy less utility power, the cost of maintaining the utility’s electric grid has to be covered by non-solar customers.Utilities have sought lower net metering rates, or higher monthly fees to cover the potential shortfall. Utility far outspent its opponentsIn Arizona, the AP said, Arizona Public Service (APS) spent nearly $4 million on ads backing higher fees. The solar industry spent about 10% of that.There are about 20,000 homes in APS’s service area with PV systems. Overall, the utility serves about 1.1 million homes and businesses.Bryan Miller, president of the Alliance for Solar Choice, said the decision would allow the solar industry to continue growing. APS spokesman Jim McDonald said the utility was gratified that regulators recognized some fees had to be charged for solar customers, but he said increases weren’t enough.“It will be exponentially millions of dollars more expensive later than it is now,” McDonald told the AP. He said roughly 500 new rooftop solar installations are added per month in Arizona, “and that will fall on the shoulders of our non-rooftop solar customers.”last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failure

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.” last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Rice

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists midfielder Declan Rice is fully committed to the cause.Rice has been linked with their next opponents Manchester United.”It is important that he continues with what he is doing so far,” Pellegrini said.”He always listens, improves when he makes mistakes. “His value will depend what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

July 27 2001 Resident Gin Harrison center hoste

first_imgJuly 27, 2001Resident Gin Harrison (center) hosted a barbeque to celebrate her birthday in the courtyard of E.C. III – our most recently completed residential housing.Pictured: Alumni, residents and workshoppers that also share July birthdays.[Photo by Ivan Fritz] Ali (forefront) and Thomas (right) prepped food for the event.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Ira, Nick, Syu and Kim talk in the glow of the setting sun. Workshopper Shelly Slocum watches the scene from above. Larry and Bernadette enjoy the festivities.last_img read more

Cloudbased TV revenues will grow to over US750 m

first_imgCloud-based TV revenues will grow to over US$750 million (€580 million) by 2017, up from US$120 million in 2013, according to a new report from research group MRG.According to MRG, growth in cloud-based TV will be driven by the development of multiscreen and TV Everywhere services as well as cable networks’ migration from QAM to IP video networks.last_img