Corsairs enjoy mid-season break

first_imgThe Corsairs are in the middle of a mid-season lull at the moment, with the weather forcing postponements for the second consecutive weekend.And with the next scheduled game at Siskiyous not until Wednesday, the Redwoods women will have gone 16 days in between games.But head coach Maggie White and her players have taken advantage of the break, enjoying a few days off over spring break and returning to work on some problem areas before the stretch run of the season.In their last outing, the …last_img read more

Youth urged to get involved

first_imgYouth members from the President’s Award were involved in various service projects, including the refurbishment of desks at Meyerton High School, which is under-resourced.(Images: Romaana Naidoo) Lerato Funeka, an ex-pupil at Meyerton High School, was delighted to help restore the desks at his old school.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122• Janine HansenOperations DirectorThe President’s Award+27 46 622 7273RELATED ARTICLES• Youth urged to build a better future• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youthRomaana NaidooThe quality of questions and input coming from the young people at the Dialogue and Action Workshops have impressed all the partners, says Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola. “It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP National Development Plan and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those youngsters who are playing their part in building a better South Africa. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.It was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively. Speaking at the third, Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, pointed out that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops. Voluntary community serviceAt each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand at the third workshop to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Makgamath, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped him with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended. “I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.An Mpumalanga project had stood out for him, Makgamath added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another standout project, he said, was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation. The National Development PlanThe NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals, it says, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. Its aim is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.last_img read more

Ohioans to see multitude of colors from spring wildflowers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.last_img read more

4 Tips for Comparing and Evaluating Equipment Before Purchase

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Purchasing a new piece of equipment for your business can be a difficult process filled with lots of different steps and friction. However, this isn’t the time to sit back and let someone else take charge. A correct purchase will push your business forward, while an incorrect one could hold you back for years to come.4 Equipment Buying Tips to ConsiderGood execution is the difference between having a good idea and experiencing positive results. In business terms, the right piece of equipment — as well as the correct processes — typically plays a major role in good execution. The only problem is that most businesses don’t think about the significance equipment plays until it’s too late to make a change.If you’re currently considering buying a new piece of equipment — whether as an upgrade or replacement — it’s imperative that you understand the significance of your decision. A thorough buying process in which you meticulously vet every aspect and detail will reward you with better results on the back end.Here are a few specific tips and suggestions:1. Compare Multiple OptionsThis first suggestion is sort of common sense, but it’s one many businesses fail to heed when they get thrown into situations where they need a new piece of equipment right away.At a very minimum, you should consider two different options. Preferably, your list should include at least three. When you compare three options, this gives you a better idea of what exists in the market, what the going rate is and what you can expect with your purchase.2. Look at the VendorIt’s vital that you carefully consider the vendor when purchasing a piece of equipment. Even if the equipment is the same from vendor to vendor, there are a number of pros and cons associated with working with different companies.Take industrial manipulators (the kind used in material handling) as an example. You can purchase industrial manipulators from a variety of vendors, but they don’t all have the same processes and requirements in place. Certain vendors — like Dalmec — must adhere to strict safety standards, while vendors from other nations lack regulations and standards. Working with a company in the former category could save you a lot of trouble and heartache.3. Consider Financing OptionsHow you purchase a piece of equipment for your business is sometimes just as important as what you buy. There are a different financing options, including:Purchasing (cash). When you buy a piece of equipment outright, you don’t have to spend additional money on interest payments. Plus, you get to amortize the cost over the lifespan of the equipment.Financing (loan). Financing is great because it allows you to own a piece of equipment without having to fork over all of the money at once. Certain packages even let you finance the cost of installation, training and transportation.Leasing. Need the equipment, but don’t want to make a long-term investment? Leasing allows you to gain access to the equipment and then reconsider your options at the end of the agreement.Renting. Only need a piece of equipment for an isolated period of time? Renting is a nice option for businesses that have a one-off project or short-term need.4. Look at Long-Term Cost AnalysisAn equipment purchase might make sense right now, but what are the long-term effects? Before making a significant investment or purchase, always conduct a long-term cost analysis. (You may need to hire a consultant to help with this.)Adding It All UpIt’s important to point out that there isn’t always one piece of equipment that’s perfect for your company. In many cases, there are two or three different options that could potentially work. The key is to do your due diligence and avoid getting mixed up with the ones that are clearly wrong.In the end, a detailed vetting process will give you the best chance of succeeding in the execution phase of your business. It won’t guarantee results — but it will pave the way for opportunity. Frank Landmanlast_img read more

Iguana vs. Snakes: Behind-the-Scenes 360 Video

first_imgBBC released an in-depth 360 video showing just how they shot the magnificently epic Iguana vs. Snakes clip that recently swept the globe.All images via BBCIf you were on the internet for even five minutes last week, it’s highly likely you encountered the viral Planet Earth II video of dozens of Galápagos Racer snakes relentlessly chasing an adolescent iguana across a beach. The epic pursuit was easily some of the most engaging and suspenseful television footage in recent memory. If you haven’t seen the clip, its a must.Many viewers took to the comments section to question the validity of the whole thing — until BBC quieted skeptics with a behind-the-scenes video of how they shot the incredible scene.Iguana vs. Snakes: How They Shot ItBBC released two behind-the-scenes videos, the first showing what went into filming some of the “not so lucky” iguanas. For the other BTS look, they released a 360 video detailing some of the gear, the positioning of the cameramen, and the techniques used to get these jaw-dropping shots.The setup is relatively simple when it’s broken down. A shooter with a telephoto lens/tripod combo captured the static tight shots of the lizards and snakes. For the on-the-move footage, a Ronin allowed the shooter agility and freedom as the reptile-on-reptile action unfolded. It also appears each crew member might have had a point-and-shoot or DSLR ready to shoot at anytime, just in case. And though they didn’t mention it, some of the shots seem to be taken from a drone — but that’s just my observation.360 videos are an excellent way to promote your content, exposing your viewers to your process in a fun new way. Hopefully BBC continues to put out clips like this for the remainder of Planet Earth II. The series is truly a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking and proves exactly what manner of magic can be captured if you’re in the right place at the right time.What are your favorite behind-the-scenes documentary videos? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

63% turnout in Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgAn average 63.76% polling was recorded in the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan, where byelections were held on Monday. At Mandalgarh, 76.57% of the electorate exercised their franchise for the byelection to the Assembly seat in Bhilwara district. No major untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the State during the polling.The counting of votes will take place on February 1. The three constituencies had a total 39 lakh voters. The polling in Alwar, with 11 candidates in the race, was recorded at 62.12%. In Ajmer, 65.41% of the electorate votes for 23 candidates. The Mandalgarh Assembly bypoll saw eight contestants. Electronic voting machines were used with the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and the candidates’ photographs for the first time in the State. Technical failures were reported at several polling booths in Ajmer, where EVMs stopped working. Voting resumed after the snags were rectified.last_img read more