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Local Derby Girls preparing for final home match

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first_imgThe match will be taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the fast paced, exciting action beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are currently on sale from any of the Derby girls, and can also be bought at the door the day of the event for $8.As per usual, the event will also be looking to help raise food donations for the local food drive, and those in attendance are being asked to donate any non-perishable items they can.- Advertisement -Speaking of food, the local Derby Girls will be hungry for the taste of victory, as the team is coming off a home loss to the Rated PG RollerGirls.For more information on the event, to purchase tickets or to find our more about the Energetic City Roller Derby Association, visit the Club’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Key empowerment charters

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first_img29 October 2004The development of industry-specific black economic empowerment (BEE) charters in South Africa is an on-going process. However, charters have alread been developed for several sectors key sectors, including mining, the petroleum and martime sectors, tourism and financial services. Mining charter Petroleum and liquid fuels industry charter Maritime charter Tourism charter Financial services charter An empowerment framework for the country’s agricultural industry has also been launched, charters on BEE in the transport, construction and wine industries – as well as the tourism BEE scorecard – are due for completion by the end of 2004, and work has started on charters for the health and cosmetics sectors.Each charter is tailored to suit a particular industry, the charters generally stipulate a target of 25% black ownership over the next 10 years.“When we achieve that goal by 2014, we will have substantial levels of empowerment in the economy of about 25 to 30 percent”, Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October said recently. “That is the critical mass one needs to create a non-racial and de-racialised economy which can grow on a sustainable basis.”Mining charterThe vision behind the country’s mining charter is to achieve a globally competitive mining industry that can benefit all South Africans. It is an important development in a sector historically dominated by white capital and profiting off the cheap labour provided by a disempowered black majority.The stated goal of the charter is to “create an industry that will proudly reflect the promise of a non-racial South Africa”. One of its key objectives is to achieve 26% ownership of mining companies by previously disadvantaged people within the next 10 years.The charter provides a framework to help mining companies comply with the Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act, which obliges mining companies to promote black economic empowerment when applying for new mineral rights or converting current rights.A key component of the charter is the mining scorecard, which provides a framework for measuring the BEE process in the sector.The scorecard has three core elements: direct empowerment through ownership and control of enterprises and assets; human resource development and employment equity; and indirect empowerment through preferential procurement and enterprise development. Mining sector charterMining scorecardOverview of main pointsMineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act Financial sector charterThe financial charter has been developed by the sector as a whole, representing banks, insurers, black business, fund managers and brokerage firms.The charter is a voluntary commitment agreed on unanimously by 10 industry associations. Signatories to the charter believe it will be a key driver of sustainable growth, redressing social and economic inequities in the country and broadening the skills and asset base of the whole economy.The charter provides for significant increases in black ownership, management and skills development over the next 10 years. It emphasises the need for procuring services from black businesses in the sector and fostering new and developing BEE firms through joint ventures, skills transferral and infrastructural support.The charter constitutes a policy framework for the future development of the industry, and is expected to underpin sound business practices and maintain the strength and stability of the financial sector as a whole.In September 2004, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced the establishment of a 21-member council to review and monitor the implementation of the goals set out in the charter. Financial sector charterFinancial sector scorecardCouncil to monitor finance charter ICT CharterA working group formed by companies in SA’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has released its final draft of an empowerment charter for the industry – and says the charter will come into force in late 2005.The charter takes into account extensive input from the country’s ICT community, and includes the much-anticipated targets for BEE in the sector. ICT industry finalises BEE charter Agriculture BEE frameworkAgriculture Minister Thoko Didiza launched an empowerment framework for South Africa’s agricultural industry in July 2004.The AgriBEE framework document addresses issues unique to agriculture, including land reform, seeking to deracialise land ownership and control in SA and to develop initiatives to help black South Africans to own, establish, or participate in agricultural enterprises.The framework proposes various targets, including 30% black ownership of agricultural land by 2014, as well as making a further 20% of agricultural land available to black people through leaseholds.“We also propose that an amount of land be made available for use by farm workers in order to address issues of poverty alleviation as well as creating opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprise development within this sector”, the minister said.A steering committee will be set up to consult and share information about the framework, and to present a final report to the government by November 2004. AgriBEE framework for agriculture Transport, construction, wine, tourism, health, cosmeticsThe Department of Trade and Industry says that charters on black economic empowerment in South Africa’s transport, construction, and wine industries are due for completion by the end of 2004, while work has started on charters for other industries, including the health and cosmetics sectors.“We hope to have one overall charter for the health industry, which encompasses the pharmaceutical sector, care providers and retail”, DTI director-general Lionel October said, adding that BEE in the health sector would seek to ensure expanded access to quality health care for both the public and private sectors.In May, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department would finalise its BEE scorecard for SA’s tourism industry by the end of 2004. Charter to improve healthcareCharter for construction industryBEE plan for cosmetics sector SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation creates scholarship for large animal veterinary students

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) has created a new scholarship fund to benefit large animal veterinary students attending The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. OCF has committed $25,000 over five years to the new scholarship fund. The first scholarships generated from this fund will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund will provide two scholarships each year to third or fourth-year veterinary students who have demonstrated interest in practicing large animal (food/farm) medicine and plan to practice in the state of Ohio. Preference will be given to candidates whose work, research or community involvement demonstrates interest in the beef industry, or to those who are involved with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The College of Veterinary Medicine, in consultation with Student Financial Aid, will oversee the scholarship fund, application process and will determine the scholarship recipients each year.It is commonly understood within the agricultural industry that the educational costs and subsequent debt load associated with a veterinary degree inhibit potential students from pursuing a career in the field or have long-term financial burdens for those who do. Thanks to the success of the Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser, the OCF is pleased to be able to provide funds to create this impactful scholarship program.“As a cattle producer, I know first-hand the importance of having access to excellent veterinary care around the clock for my animals. However, as an industry we need to recognize the financial burden that a veterinary degree can place on students,” said Joe Foster, OCF president, of Gallipolis. “Our hope is that this scholarship enables more students to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian here in Ohio, benefitting cattle producers across the state for years to come.”In the next 15 to 20 years, it’s estimated that more than 25% of Ohio veterinarians will retire, requiring a new supply of veterinarians to fill gaps across the state. The need for well-educated, qualified veterinarians to ensure animal and public health is one every cattle producer knows all too well; the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is proud to play a part in ensuring the future of veterinary care in Ohio.To learn more about the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund through Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or cattle@ohiocattle.org.last_img read more

The Third Worst Place to Put a Duct

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first_imgIf you want to design and install a duct system to create problems, the possibilities are endless. I’ve certainly written about a lot of them (as well as how to do it properly). Today, though, let’s focus on one particularly bad place to put a duct. In fact, I think it’s the third worst place to put one. The problem What spurred this article is that I recently moved from a condo to 1961 ranch house in Atlanta, and my new place has this problem. The photo above shows it but you can’t tell for sure there. The photo below should make it clear, though. Can you tell what the problem is now? Supply duct in an exterior wall.The first photo shows a low sidewall supply register. The second one shows the same thing, but there’s another clue here that makes the problem clear. Notice the window above the bedroom supply register. Yes, this supply vent is an exterior wall.RELATED ARTICLESThe Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignBattling Condensation on Attic DuctsBuried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy CodeSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Get Your Ducts Inside the Building Enclosure What’s wrong with putting vents in exterior walls? As it turns out, putting supply vents in exterior walls is bad for several reasons. Here’s my list: Displaced insulation: Most homes have insulation in the wall cavities, not outside the framing. When you put a duct and a duct boot in the wall cavity, you don’t have room for insulation. If the walls are framed with 2x4s, there’s often not enough space even for a little bit of duct insulation. Duct losses to outdoors: Even if the duct and boot have some insulation, these components are rarely sealed and the insulation is likely to be compressed and insufficient.  Those two factors add up to warmer supply air being delivered in summer and colder air delivered in winter. Moisture problems: Putting cold air into an uninsulated piece of sheet metal in a poorly air-sealed enclosure is a recipe for condensation and mold for homes in humid climates. The photo below, which I took at a gut-rehab in progress in Atlanta a couple of years ago, shows what it looks like inside the wall. Supply duct boot in an uninsulated exterior wall.Basically, this configuration results in a wall that doesn’t perform as well as it could, a duct that doesn’t perform as well as it could, and the possibility of rot, mold, and indoor air quality problems.  (An appropriate response here might be, “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”) It’s mainly an older-house problem I’ve seen one or two new homes with this problem in the past decade or so, but this is a practice that has mostly disappeared. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you have an older home with your supply vents in the exterior walls, you ought to plan some way of addressing the problem. The best thing to do is open the wall and remove the duct and boot, do your air-sealing, and then insulate. That means finding another place for the supply vents, of course. In my case, I’ve got an air conditioner and furnace in the basement serving the whole house, and I’m going to rip it out. The new systems will serve the first floor with two ducted units in our insulated and conditioned attic, so I’ll put all the supply and return vents in the ceiling. Once I do that, then I can completely gut the basement, including the ductwork. Then later, when I work on the first floor walls, I can remove the vestiges of the old duct system from the walls and be done with this problem forever. Another way to go is to leave the sidewall vents in place and try as best you can to get them insulated and air-sealed. The photo below shows the basement duct going up into the wall and feeding that register in the second photo above. A previous improvement project included spraying foam on the band joist and trying to seal it up from below, but this doesn’t solve the problems in the wall above. Even if I opened the wall and sealed and insulated the boot as best I can, that thing is still displacing wall insulation. The only way to fix it fully would be to add exterior insulation to the wall. In my case, that’s not going to happen because I’m not removing the brick veneer. Supply duct going up into an exterior wall at the band joist.The only way to save those sidewall supply vents and eliminate all the potential problems is to seal and insulate the duct as well as possible and then add exterior insulation to the walls and band joists. Otherwise, you need to find another way to get heating and cooling to your rooms. The first and second worst places for ducts Now, since the problem I’ve just described is, according to me, the third worst place for ducts, you may be wondering what two places are worse. The first one is easy. Can you guess what it is? (If not, just click that link in the previous sentence or the first article in the list below.)  The second place is anywhere else in an unconditioned attic. What do you think might be the fourth worst place? –Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. All photos courtesy of Energy Vanguard.last_img read more

Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’

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first_imgSan Beda thwarts Teodoro, JRU to advance to Filoil finals Unfortunately, Reyes has already submitted his shortlist to the tournament organizers and left the Fil-Nigerian prospect out of it.READ: Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 17-year-old also must return to England to prepare for his studies after representing the Philippine team in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2.Aside from his skills, what impressed Reyes the most about Edu was his maturity and attitude at his age. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img “We really like him. We’ve been eyeing him for a long time and now that we have a chance to work with him, we love him even more,” the outspoken mentor said. “He’s very focused, serious, and very coachable. It’s hard to find the level of seriousness and maturity on a 17-year-old.“Though he rued the missed opportunity to coach Edu for the invitational tourney, Reyes could only smile as he looks forward to the future of the national team.“We’re very excited for AJ. We’re very, very happy to have him,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes could only gush over the potential of AJ Edu after two practices with the men’s national team.“Unbelievable,” he said of the 6-foot-10 prodigy. “I want to bring him to the Jones Cup if I could.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READlast_img read more

Four Crew Missing from Giant FireStricken Maersk Boxship

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first_imgFour crew members are reported missing following a serious fire that broke out in a cargo hold of the Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam on Tuesday, March 6, at 15:20 GMT, the company informed.After being unsuccessful in their firefighting efforts, the crew sent out a distress signal and 23 of a total of 27 crew members were evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, which arrived at the scene around 18:30 GMT.” The fire onboard the Maersk Honam continues and the situation of the vessel is very critical,” Maersk Line said in a statement.Enroute from Singapore towards Suez, the vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman.@IndiaCoastGuard swiftly responded to major fire onboard MV Maersk Honam about 650 NM from Kochi on 06 Mar. MRCC Mumbai coordinated immediate rescue of 23 out of 27 crew through merchant vessels in area. ICG ship Shoor diverted for further assistance. @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/JyXJDhr3Gb— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) March 7, 2018“We’ve received the news of Maersk Honam and the four missing crew members with the deepest regret and are now doing our outmost to continue the ongoing search and rescue operations. This by rerouting our own vessels, with assistance of vessels in the area – most notably ALS Ceres that thankfully acted promptly upon our distress call – and the local authorities,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board, A.P. Moller – Maersk. The container vessels MSC Lauren, Edith Mærsk and Gerd Mærsk, all enroute in the Arabian Sea, have diverted their routes and are approaching the area with expected arrivals this morning local time. Weather conditions in the area are currently fair, Maersk Line said.Furthermore, Maersk Line is in the process of informing the relatives of all crew members of the incident.“The evacuated crew is obviously distressed, with two crew members currently receiving medical first aid onboard the ALS Ceres. We will offer crisis counseling for the seafarers signing-off and returning to their families and our thoughts and deepest empathy go out to the families of the crew members that are still unaccounted for. We will offer them all the support we can in this very difficult situation,” says Toft.The 27 crew members include 13 Indian seafarers, nine from the Philippines, one from Romania, one from South Africa, two from Thailand and one from the United Kingdom.The cause of the fire is currently unknown, Maersk Line said, adding that an investigation will be carried out into the matter in cooperation with all relevant authorities.The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam has a nominal capacity of 15,262 TEU, and is carrying 7,860 containers.Maersk Line said that all impacted customers would be contacted directly.last_img read more