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‘It doesn’t bode well!’ Tottenham fans worried after receiving good news on Friday

first_img Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham Hotspur fans are preparing for an inevitable defeat on Saturday after the news Mauricio Pochettino was named Manager of the Month.The Argentine led his side to three victories out of three, including a stunning 4-1 triumph over Premier League table toppers Manchester City.But, despite their unbeaten run now stretching to seven games, Spurs fans have come over all pessimistic ahead of their clash with Liverpool and believe the only outcome possible is a chastening defeat.You can check out what Tottenham supporters are saying below…last_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: IS MISSING MAN STILL IN DONEGAL?

first_imgStephen McCloskey, pictured on the right, with his familyTHE FAMILY of a missing man have issued a heartfelt plea to people in Donegal to help find him.Father-of-three Stephen McCloskey (33) left his sister’s home in Ard Grange in Derry on October 28 but has not been seen since.His Nissan Terrano 4×4 was found abandoned in Burt. Searches for the missing man continued yesterday with the Garda deploying a helicopter.His sister Lisa McCloskey has been putting up posters up around Donegal, hoping someone will recognise him“We’re not good, we are getting worse now as the days go on,” said Lisa“It’s getting worse. It’s unbearable what we are going through, we just want him home. I just hope someone in Donegal saw him. “His partner Sinead is distraught. They have been together for 15 years. And the three children are missing him so much.“We are just appealing for anybody to come forward with information, should it be the silliest wee thing or they don’t even think that it means anything, even if they think it could help in the slightest wee bit.Family and friends have joined together along with volunteers from Foyle Search and Rescue to search the fields around Burt – a place that holds no association with Stephen. COMMUNITY ALERT: IS MISSING MAN STILL IN DONEGAL? was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTderry citydonegalMISSING MANStephen McCloskeylast_img read more

Marin set to complete move from Chelsea

first_imgMarko Marin is close to completing a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor from Chelsea.The Germany international, 26, has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since being signed from Werder Bremen three years ago.Marin then signed a five-year contract but has made only 15 appearances for Chelsea, scoring one goal.Last season he was on loan at Fiorentina and then Anderlecht. He has also had a spell on loan at Sevilla.See also:Cuadrado expected to complete move to JuventusFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA business mission heads for Benin

first_img7 September 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will lead a South African business delegation on the country’s first outward selling and investment mission to Benin from 9 to 14 September. “The mission will also serve as an ideal opportunity for South African companies that would like to export value-added products and services, and for companies that are looking for investment opportunities in Benin,” Thabethe told journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday. Thabethe said the mission takes place within the context of South Africa’s strategic engagement with the rest of the continent, aimed at supporting Africa’s economic revival and promoting intra-African trade. Agro-processing, furniture and wood processing, infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms), built environment and mining and capital equipment are among the targeted sectors of the mission to the West African country. “It is important for South Africa to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnership with African countries when crafting the way forward for sustainable economic development and the development of investment in the African region,” Thabethe said. “Benin, like most countries in Africa, presents a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies. By establishing their presence in this country, South African companies would be able to access other markets in the West African region and Africa at large.” According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Benin’s domestic economy revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is the main source of income for over half of the population. Cotton is the main commercial crop, accounting for about 45% of the country’s foreign-exchange earnings. The hydroelectric potential of the Mono River, which forms Benin’s border with Togo, is being developed, with the construction of dams for power generation and irrigation. Mineral reserves, notably of marble, iron, and phosphate, have not been fully exploited, which also presents an opportunity for investment, the DTI said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Giving Wings focuses on communication

first_imgThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. (Giving Wings)Giving Wings – as the name suggests – was set up to help young people fly.A skills development organisation, Giving Wings has designed a programme aimed at providing young people with the knowledge, guidance and confidence they need to succeed in an ever-more competitive working environment.As part of its approach, Giving Wings identified the lack of communication skills as one of the major challenges young South Africans face when trying to find employment and grow in their careers. To address this, the organisation offers coaching in public speaking, presentation, business conduct and writing skills to promote work readiness.Founded by award-winning public speaker Kefilwe Morobane and business analyst Thato Mboweni, Giving Wings is devoted to giving back to society and, in doing so, has focused the bulk of its efforts on Olievenhoutbosch, a township in Centurion, in Gauteng.Mboweni, the director, says the objective of the organisation’s youth development programme is “to empower young and effective communicators… I believe that everyone is a communicator, but not everyone is an effective communicator.”Through its partnership with the Olieven Development Association, it facilitates workshops to hone people’s verbal and written communication skills.Watch Giving Wings Youth Development Programme in action:GROWTH AMONG PEERSThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. The workshops also help them overcome the initial fears of speaking in public.“One of the greatest fears in this world is the fear of public speaking,” said Morobane, the managing director of Giving Wings, at the 2015 Giving Wings school speech contest, held in Olievenhoutbosch.That event was the culmination of a four-week programme the organisation had run for Grade 11 pupils that gave them the opportunity to display their new-found skills in front of their friends, parents and teachers.At the close of the event, Mboweni said she was “proud to see young students flourishing, flying. Express themselves in a way that they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to had we not done this… Giving Wings is about giving wings and I think we have really achieved that today.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with the 14th Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Engagement

first_imgby Phindi MadunaOn 14 June 2018, Brand South Africa partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next and HDI Youth Marketers to host the 14th Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards. The collaboration with Generation Next is a way to ensure that relationships  with key stakeholders are maintained to create an inspiring narrative for the Nation Brand.The Generation Next survey is  the leading barometer of youth opinion towards brands in South Africa.  Brand South Africa is honoured  to partner with this initiative that promotes how young people see and and experience brands this opens up  opportunities on what the  country has to offer.The three part engagement began with a Youth Marketing Conference where a variety of industry experts shared their research findings, experiences, trends and insights. The discussion focused on various aspects of youth marketing such as the ethical aspects of youth marketing, youth entrepreneurship, digital marketing, youth media consumption and technology trends.Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, Leigh-Gail Peterson was part of a panel that discussed youth trends and insights that help brands build sustainable relationships. “Research methods must evolve with the dynamic audiences. Data collection methods for example must adapt and be flexible. This includes the mediums that we utilize when we collect data. Social media is one such tool that we cannot over look when collecting data in today’s research environment” said Peterson.Source: Brand South AfricaThe panel discussion was followed by an Interactive Showcase where youngsters had an opportunity to experience several brands including Brand South Africa at the Play Your Part exhibition. They shared their acts of active citizenship  and pledged to  play their part in their respective communities.Source: Brand South AfricaThe day ended on a high note with an energy charged Awards Ceremony. Some of the winners included South African brands like Metro FM,  First National Bank, DSTV, Mr Price, Mall of Africa, Dischem, Engen, Spur Restaurants and Pick ‘N Pay; with Nike winning the overall coolest brand for 2018. Local personalities who  also walked away with awards were rapper Nasty C, DJ Black Coffee and Gqom Star Babes Wodumo.Source: @ST_GenNext Twitter PageBrand South Africa extends a big congratulations to all the brands and personalities who continue to put South Africa on the global stage  and take charge in contributing towards building a positive nation image. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we celebrate brands that contribute positively towards the country’s reputation.last_img read more

OFBF annual meeting underway with plenty of policy to discuss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is underway in Columbus and will include a broad policy debate on pertinent agricultural issues and recognition of the efforts of county farm bureaus around the state.“This is an opportunity to recognize the good work of our county farm bureaus. We are a federation, and federations function best when you have strong county farm bureaus,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF Executive Vice President. “It is also always about preparing for tomorrow. We are a policy-oriented organization. From the start, we always thought we could do more for each individual if we work together. We review policy and are looking at what type of business climate we need for our farmers. Today we are more inclusive and we are talking about the relationships between our farmers and our consumers, so the subject matter gets a little broader. This year, for example, we are talking about marijuana because society wants to know more about it. The issues we are talking about have a long tenure and we have to have a community discussion about what is best for the state of Ohio and take it back home.”Ohio Farm Bureau president Steve Hirsch anticipates a number of important and challenging issues on the floor.“We’re going to talk about a lot of policy — water quality, nutrient management, taxes including CAUV, income tax the commercial activity tax and a couple of others. Along with that we will talk about how we want to fund those government services we want to have. We will also talk about some national issues like GMO labeling, transportation, the waters of the U.S. rule, and the produce safety rule,” Hirsch said. “This is grassroots policy developed through the counties. It works its way up from the counties through our policy development committees.”Nearly 350 delegates will finalize the organization’s policy for the coming year. Other issues are expected to include energy development, meat inspection regulations, invasive species and the structure of local governments.In addition, OFBF will elect leaders, conduct leadership training and recognize county Farm Bureaus and individuals for their contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”Attendees will be updated on Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at ofb.ag/97thAnnualMeeting.AUDIOOhio Farm Bureau Executive Director Jack Fisher visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about the importance of this annual event.OFBF Jack FisherLarry Antosch with Ohio Farm Bureau tells Dale about the latest with Water Quality Ohio and the Ohio Water Action Plan.OFBF Healthy Water Ohio H2O Action PlanOFBF’s Leah Curtis has details on CAUV.OFBF Leah Curtis CAUVOhio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch goes over some of the policy that will be covered this year.OFBF Pres Steve HirshTrisha Levering is the President of the Knox County Farm Bureau, which put together a mobile app to help farmers understand new laws and keep in compliance with those regulations.Smart Phone App Water quality Thrisia Leveringlast_img read more

Stress management during tough financial times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that the production agriculture sector is going through a tough financial period. In particular, low crop prices and low milk prices are severely impacting row crop and dairy producers. Financial stress in the farm business often equates to stress within the farm family and can extend to farm employees. Harmful stress needs to be recognized and managed for personal health, family health and health of the farm business.Some stress is a normal part of life. Stress can motivate us to get things done or to make adjustments in our life that balance the stress or maybe remove the stress. However when stress events begin to add up or stress events are added that don’t allow us to adjust or that are beyond our resources to adjust then stress begins to be harmful. Symptoms of harmful stress as well as mechanisms and the ability to cope with stress will vary depending upon the individual. It is important to recognize some common symptoms of stress and if these symptoms continue for prolonged periods of time, to devise a plan to manage stress.Some common symptoms of stress include: feeling tired all the time, inability to relax, disrupted sleep pattern, irritability, anger, problems getting along with people, anxiousness, feelings of being overwhelmed, emotional outbursts, trouble concentrating, headaches, frequent illness, increased alcohol or tobacco use, and withdrawal.Developing and maintaining avenues of communication can help farm families cope with stress during tough financial times. Communication is vital to help relieve the burdens of financial stress and to help generate ideas for problem solving, how to cut production costs, and/or how to increase efficiency or productivity. Regular communication during stressful financial times can help to reduce a negative environment and to prevent finger pointing and blaming. It is natural to look for a source to blame, but in the current farm economy low prices are not the fault of any farm manager, family member or farm employee. In addition, it is known that often just being able to talk about financial problems or feelings of frustration, helplessness and anxiety can be helpful to mental and emotional health.In a family farm situation, it may take an extra effort to maintain communication during stressful financial times. Try to put some “structures” in place that will help facilitate regular communication. An example of this is regularly scheduled family or farm business meetings. Meetings should have planned agenda items and a set starting and ending time. Some ground rules should be in place that provide opportunity for everyone to speak and that prevent any kind of personal attacks or blaming. The focus should be on the farm business. One of the topics on the agenda might be an update of the current farm financial situation. This update allows all family members and farm employees to understand the current farm situation, can squash any rumors that may have started, and can help family members and farm employees understand why repairs instead of new purchases are being made, why withdrawals for family living are being maintained or decreased, and why employee raises may be delayed or decreased. Sharing financial information within this type of business meeting structure can empower family members and employees to feel valued as a team member and new ideas about how to meet financial challenges may be generated.Communication is vital during times of financial stress and in addition to communicating with family members and farm employees, the farm owner or manager should have a support network that understands the farm’s financial situation. Someone who can look at the farm situation from a non-personal perspective and that is not as emotionally invested in the farm operation can provide some clearer thinking and/or information that can be helpful in making decisions. People in this support network may also provide a sympathetic ear that allows some of the financial stress burden to be shared. These are people that want to see your farm succeed and be passed on to the next generation. This support network can include your lender, equipment dealer, seed/fertilizer dealer, financial advisor, nutritionist, veterinarian, Extension educator, tax preparer, or other trusted advisors.For more information about communication during stressful financial times go to the Dairy Issue Briefs section of the OSU Extension dairy web site at: http://dairy.osu.edu/DIBS/dibs.html.last_img read more

Pioneering Near-NZE in Abilene

first_imgNear-net-zero-energy performance in a new home is unusual enough in most communities to attract free publicity. A recent example: a 2,507-sq.-ft. home in southeast Abilene, Texas, that is constructed with superior exterior wall insulation, airtightness, and HVAC, careful solar orientation and well designed roof overhangs, and a 20-panel solar array.The local newspaper, the Reporter-News, highlighted several features of the recently completed house, which offers four bedrooms, three baths, and a three-car garage, and sits on two acres of land. The main focus of the story, though, was on the building’s green amenities, including exterior walls with 5 1/2 in. of Demilec Agribalance spray foam insulation (yielding R-27 thermal resistance); 7 in. of spray foam in the roof deck (R-33); a reflective, standing-seam metal roof; a conditioned attic with an R-33 deck; a rainwater collection system; and 4 kW of power capacity from the solar installation.Reckoning with winter cold and summer sunWilliam Peck, whose architecture firm designed the house – and more than a dozen near-NZE homes in other parts of the state – said it is equipped with Pella double-glazed vinyl windows with a .29 solar heat gain coefficient. He also noted, though, that all of the critical windows are shaded.And because winters in central Texas can include freezing temperatures and snow as well as mild days, the house features a high-efficiency pellet stove (capable of heating 1,500 sq. ft. of the house), and, to manage the summer heat, a 16 SEER HVAC system with timed exhaust, and variable-speed air handlers.Constructed by Abilene-based Sela Builders for about $120 a square foot (versus traditional-construction costs of about $88), the house also features two air-source heat pumps for hot water. The local power company, Taylor Power Cooperative, will be monitoring the home’s energy performance, the company’s director of business development, James McKee, told the Reporter-News. “We’re seeing this house as a bit of a test tube baby for us,” he said. “We’ll be watching very closely and gathering data for future projects.”At this point, Peck noted, the house, which is listed for $375,000, is considered “net-zero-energy-capable,” but could easily achieve NZE performance should its eventual owners decide to slightly expand the solar installation. A year of monitoring by Taylor Power should provide enough data to determine how much, if any, system expansion might be needed to reach zero.last_img read more

AWARE: A Sustainable Housing Initiative in Ohio

first_imgBy Kim StandsIn 2009, the City of Columbus and Franklin County created and adopted the AWARE Manual (Accessibility, Water Conservation, Air Quality, Resource Conscious, Energy-Efficient) to be the performance standard for federally funded residential projects in both jurisdictions.The AWARE Manual is modeled after the Enterprise Green Communities criteria to create housing that is healthy, accessible, and environmentally friendly. Homes that meet the AWARE standards, matched with resource-conscious behaviors in the home, can lead to more efficient energy use and lower utility bills.One key to AWARE: 3 site inspectionsOur approach for NSP is to create good products, to support nonprofit and for-profit developers, and to foster home sales and rentals.Our homegrown Green 101 training is required of all of our developers, spec writers, and contractors before working on NSP-funded projects. For all projects, developers must submit their plans and specifications to be reviewed for compliance with the AWARE Manual. When the units hit the construction phase, everybody involved must attend pre-construction meetings to go over all of the requirements and the inspection procedures.The City’s housing staff visits the sites regularly and requires 3 different formal inspections:• The first inspection is for the air infiltration package. This inspection is to make sure that all cracks, crevices, voids, etc. have been sealed properly, as well as the sealing of the ductwork, prior to installing insulation.• The second is the insulation inspection to verify that all insulation has been installed properly prior to installing drywall.• The third inspection is a final AWARE inspection. As with a final building inspection, we are making sure that what was specified early on has been installed. This includes Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, low-water-consumption fixtures, and high-efficiency HVAC equipment.Since the AWARE Manual is an “above the minimum building code” tool, these inspections are a vital part of how we monitor the construction phase of the program.AWARE worksSuccesses are being seen on the construction end as well as with home sales. To date, we have finished 43 units with an average HERS score of just over 65, well below the 85 score required to meet Energy Star requirements. Our current low score is a 52! With close to a 50/50 balance of new build houses and gut rehabs, we making great strides in building healthy, accessible, and environmentally friendly homes for people to buy and rent.You can find the AWARE Manual at the Come Home Central Ohio Affordable Housing Network.You can find more information on the City of Columbus and Franklin County’s creation and implementation of their green strategy on the Enterprise Green Communities website.last_img read more