MFLN “Network News” – November 2016

first_imgThis month we are excited to introduce you to one of our people “behind the scenes”.Karen Jeannette is the Social Media Strategist for the Military Families Learning Network and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MFLN’s leadership team.  Currently, Karen helps Military Families Learning Network concentration area teams incorporate social media into guided and informal professional development opportunities.Don’t forget to check out our great line up of professional development opportunities for the month of November!last_img

Hard Work Pays Off For Devils

first_imgTope guided his Wollongong Devils team to the Men’s Open title at the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships in Dubbo last weekend, winning the Player of the Final award in their win over the Central Coast Dolphins on the siren. The win was the young Devils’ side second consecutive Country Championships title, and Tope says it’s great to see the team is reaping the rewards for the efforts they are putting in. “We’ve put a lot of work into them but the motto of the group is that ‘you make your own luck’ so they are the ones who turn up to training and they are the ones that put the effort in and do the extras and stuff, all we do is shape them and polish them,” Tope said. “It’s never really been driven about results it’s about how you perform and how you hold yourself and to have fun. The win is great but it’s actually better to see them become good models of the game and I guess examples for other kids coming through the system as well, I think that’s where the Country Champs are so important. That was the purpose for us to go away, to have a good time as a group, perform well but act accordingly off the field as well.”“We had three guys who played in their first tournament for the Devils in the Men’s group and that was Dylan Menzies and Matt and Adam Clune. All of them were actually outstanding. They know if they don’t perform and do the wrong thing there are 20 guys that can take their spot and they stepped up to the plate and were probably three of our best players over the weekend and everyone played well.”Tope became involved with the Devils in 2008 after moving to Wollongong and when a knee injury sidelined him in 2009 he took on the challenge of coaching one of the junior Devils teams with fellow Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan. Over the past couple of years the side has developed to a point where they will this year compete in the New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League competition. “I tore the cruciate in my knee in November 2009 and I figured I was going to be out for roughly six to nine months or however long it takes to get back, and I needed a project to keep me interested so we took the Junior State Cup team, the under 18’s Boys.” “We trained them up over the past couple of years and piece by piece they got better and more guys have joined in and now we’ve got a bit of a system where, they played division one last year in Vawdon Cup and State Cup, won the State Cup, made the final of the Vawdon Cup and the next progression for them is to actually play in Premier League.”It’s also been a successful 12 months for Tope, who has won two Country Championships titles, as well as the New South Wales Vawdon Cup and State Cup titles with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Earlier this year he was a part of the Australian Men’s Open team that played New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, something that has been a goal of his for some time. “To put in so much effort over so long of a time and to have so many setbacks, to make that team you could imagine what it was like it was just smiles from ear to ear. It was hard to sort of block out the occasion and play well because I was just so amped up and so happy and chuffed with the achievement so to actually win it and in the fashion that we won it and to play with guys that I’ve played with for a long time, my best mate was in the team, the coaching staff were so good to us. It was the ultimate experience in sport.”Tope travelled to Scotland to watch the Men’s Open team win its World Cup title last year and says it was ‘fulfilling being in Scotland but even more fulfilling being in Mudgee’. “I actually trained right through with them, I trained right up until they left for the World Cup. I was always going to go over anyway because I thought if I don’t make the team I’ll take my girlfriend over and my brother was living over there at the time, but to see them win, the way that they treated me was that I was still part of the team even though I wasn’t a player. To actually make the team and be a real player in the team actually added to the experience. Being in Scotland and seeing them win and seeing how well they get along off the field and the ambassadors they are for the game, I just wanted to be a part of it so much.”Tope admits its been a big 12 months and that ‘it’s not going to stay that green forever’ but as long as him and his respective teams continue to enjoy playing and keep learning, then that’s the main thing.  “As long as whatever happens, whatever the results end up being that we are still enjoying it, keep enjoying each other’s company whatever team I play in and keep learning and staying fit, no more injuries. The most immediate goals are to keep enjoying it, to stay fit and to keep learning, hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”last_img read more

9 of 20 Shipping Majors Will Disappear by End of 2018

first_imgzoom The CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fifth-largest container shipping company, expects consolidation in the sector to continue this year, further reducing the number of largest shipping firms as they merge their businesses.Talking to the reporters in Hamburg on Wednesday, Rolf Habben Jansen said that the consolidation drive will result in nine of the former 20 largest shipping companies from five years ago to disappear by the end of 2018, Reuters reports.Hapag-Lloyd, fresh from completing the integration of its business with UAE-based liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), expects to reap a major portion of the gains from the deal this year.According to Jansen, the company could achieve 85 to 90 percent of targeted annual synergies of USD 435 million this year and 100 percent from 2019.Furthermore, the company expects its full-year earnings for 2017 to be higher than previously announced.2018 seems to be on the right track, with charter rates on the rise and lower size of the idle fleet. However, further pressure is expected from containership deliveries set to join the global fleet this year.The total boxship capacity set for delivery in 2018 is expected to reach 1.5 million TEU in 2018, according to the figures from Alphaliner. More than half of these deliveries will be made up of ULCVs ranging from 14,000 to 21,000 TEU.Hence, Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO anticipates transport demand growth to reach 4.5 percent in 2018 and more than 4 percent in 2019.Since integration with UASC provided Hapag-Lloyd with modern tonnage influx, the company has no need of ordering newbuilds and can dedicate its focus on bolstering its financial structure and cutting debt.In October 2017, the German liner company raised USD 414 million in gross proceeds from its capital increase scheme, which was agreed upon as part of the merger with UASC.Hapag-Lloyd said it would use the proceeds primarily to pay back its debts as well as for general corporate purposes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

For Ghana ewaste recyclers a safer option amid toxic fumes

first_imgACCRA, Ghana — On any given day, plumes of noxious smoke rise above the Agbogbloshie dump site in Ghana’s capital, Accra.The billowing black smoke comes from the many informal e-waste recyclers who take unwanted electronics, strip them of their cables and burn away the protective covers to reach the valuable copper beneath.It’s a dangerous way to make a living, but an easily available one for the many unskilled workers arriving in search of money to get by. Ghana imports about 150,000 tons of secondhand electronics a year, according to a 2011 study co-ordinated under the Basel Convention, a global treaty on hazardous waste.Like many of the informal e-waste recyclers picking through the trash that comes largely from Europe and North America, Amin Idris comes from northern Ghana. After too many lungfuls of the acrid air, he decided to change his approach.“When I used to burn these cables, I felt ill,” he said. “That’s why I stopped burning and started bringing cables in here.”He stood at a wire-stripping machine at Green Advocacy Ghana, a non-governmental organization that operates inside the Agbogbloshie dump. For a fee ranging from 2 to 10 U.S. cents per pound of metal, electrical cables are fed through blades that slit open the plastic, making it easy to reach the copper or other metal wires inside.“When I strip cables here, it looks much better than burnt copper, and we’ll get higher prices for this stripped copper” Idris said.Bennett Nana Akuffo has run Green Advocacy Ghana for more than three years.“Every month, every year, we keep on getting more and more people. It’s a slow process and the people we are dealing with, for want of a better word, they are sometimes difficult to accept change,” Nana Akuffo said. “So it’s been a slow and gradual process.”The Environmental Protection Agency is Ghana’s main environmental regulator. “The law prohibits open burning of waste, in any form or shape. This includes electronic waste,” Principal Program Officer Larry Kotoe said.“Having said that, we are not saying the e-waste recyclers shouldn’t burn but rather that this predominantly informal sector should be transformed. The law is seeking to rebuild their capacity, retool them, so that they can safely dismantle e-waste.”While only Green Advocacy Ghana is currently active on the ground in the Agbogbloshie dump, the German government in partnership with Ghana’s government is building a health clinic and e-waste recycling training centre due to open there in early 2019.For professor Julius Fobil with the University of Ghana, more community participation from the start would make a project like Green Advocacy Ghana more effective. Environmental literacy among the informal workers “is currently very low,” he said.Fobil is concluding a long-term study of the health effects on e-waste recyclers at Agbogbloshie. He carried out blood and urine tests on a group of e-waste workers between 2016 and 2018.They “tend to have difficulties breathing,” he said. “Ailments range from minor coughs to complicated health problems like COPD. That’s chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. We are also seeing that some of them are susceptible to long-term exposure like the increase of cancers — cancer due to exposure to some of these complex chemicals.”That’s a cost the dump’s informal recyclers, who make up to an estimated $285 a month, cannot afford to pay.___Follow Africa news at Shaw, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Husky Energy walks away from its hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. is walking away from its hostile takeover offer for MEG Energy Corp. after failing to win enough shareholder support.Husky says there have also been several negative surprises in the market since it first announced its offer at the end of September last year.The company cited production cuts for the oil industry mandated by the Alberta government and a lack of progress on Canadian oil export pipeline developments. The company’s offer for MEG expired Wednesday.All of the MEG shares that had been tendered to the offer will be returned to shareholders.Husky launched its stock-and-cash offer in September, but MEG rejected the bid as too low.last_img

Intensify diplomacy to resolve Rohingya crisis BNP to govt

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday called upon the government to immediately intensify its diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis and force Myanmar to take back its citizens taken shelter in Bangladesh, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the current government has so far failed to take any right decision on Rohingya issues as it remains ‘enchained’.“You (govt) couldn’t take any correct decision on the Rohingya issue as you’re enchained. Even, you can’t take any decision on your own… the country’s people and we want the Rohingya crisis to be solved immediately,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “We also want the fleeing Rohingyas to be given shelter, food and healthcare. We demand the government strengthen its diplomatic efforts so that Rohingyas can be repatriated to their country with dignity.”BNP organised the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the party’s 39th founding anniversary.Fakhrul came down hard on Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comment that BNP is doing ‘foul’ politics over Rohingya issue. “You’re accusing us of doing foul politics as we’re talking about the persecution on Rohingyas.”He said it is Awami League not BNP that has long been indulging in foul politics. “You’ve started doing such politics in 1972 by enacting the Special Power Act, snatching people’s rights, press freedom and establishing one-party politics the 4th amendment.”The BNP secretary general said their party is talking in favour of hapless Rohingyas who are being evicted from their houses, property and motherland as their party’ always does politics for people and humanity.He said though the Indonesian foreign minister and Turkish foreign minister and first lady visited Bangladesh over Rohingya problem, the government is playing a ‘silent’ role in resolving it.Criticising the government for what he said repressing their party men, Fakhrul said the government even obstructed their party’s Friday’s human chain programme on Rohingya issue at different parts of the country.“I would like to ask you why you fear us so much. We know you do it as you know you’ll lose your existence if BNP takes to the streets and joins the next election. We want to say the next election must be held under a non-party supportive government with the participation of all parties.Speaking at the programme, party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the government is conspiring to hold another Januar-5, 2014 like election by force keeping BNP out of it.He said the next polls must be held under a non-party supportive government so that people can exercise their right to franchise and all parties can take part in it.The BNP leader said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia will present the framework of the election-time supportive government once she returns home from London completing her medical treatment.Another BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his support to Myanmar’s policy to eliminate Rohingya, sending out a message for Bangladesh government not to take any strong stance on Rohingya issue. “Awami League is now not talking anything in favour of Rohingyas.”He said the country’s people have got aggrieved over the government’s silence on Rohingya issue. “If necessary, we’ll call for a long march towards Myanmar. Our stance is clear we can’t allow the neighbouring country to kill people in such a manner.”last_img read more

Alexandria Woman Falls Victim To Southeast Residence Shooting

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comThe weekend was bloodier for the District after two people were killed, raising the year’s death toll to 155.  This time last year there had been 118 deaths in the nation’s capital according to D.C. Witness, an online publication tracking District homicides.One of the slain was, Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, who was pronounced dead late into the evening of Friday, Nov. 30.Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, of Alexandria, Virginia, was killed in Southeast on Nov. 30. In memory of Howard-Reynolds’ passing, her family member posted this photo on Facebook. (Courtesy Photo)Around 11:51pm, members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Sixth District, reported to the Unit Block of 57th Place, Southeast. There, MPD discovered Reynolds inside a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound.The District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived to the scene and transferred Howard to a local hospital, but after life-saving efforts, she was pronounced dead.The Metropolitan Police Department is offering an award of up to $25,000 for any individuals with information pertaining to the case, which leads to the arrest and conviction of Howard’s murderer. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202)727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Summer Update – August 7

first_imgStory Links New England LeagueGarrett Schmeltz – Newport Gulls (Player Page)5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 6 KSchmeltz took the ball in game one of the New England League’s Southern Division Championship on August 4 at Martha’s Vineyard and was excellent. The southpaw allowed just one run on two hits and struck out six in five innings of work, however he was saddled with the loss as Newport dropped a 2-1 decision. Chris Seng – Albany Dutchmen (Player Page).500 (6-for-12), 3 R, 3 BB, 2 SBPlaying alongside Metzinger, Seng also had a strong playoff showing for Albany. Seng had a pair of multi-hit games to close out the summer with a .275 average, 28 runs scored and a PGCBL single-season record 42 stolen bases. Northwoods LeagueAndrew Benefield – Madison Mallards (Player Page).364 (4-for-11), 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BBWith the regular season winding down in the Northwoods League, Benefield has been the model of consistency for Madison. Benefield has at least one hit in 18 of his last 21 games and has reached base 115 times in 57 games for a .437 on-base percentage. Zach Britton – Orleans Firebirds (Player Page).500 (4-for-8), HR, RBI, 4 R, 3 BBBritton wrapped up his summer in the Cape by reaching base seven times over his final games, including a 4-for-5 performance with a homer and three runs scored against Chatham on July 31. Britton tallied 11 extra-base hits for Orleans, five of which left the ballpark, and drove in 19. Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version Perfect Game LeagueBen Metzinger – Albany Dutchmen (Player Page).333 (4-for-12), RBI, R, BBMetzinger tallied a hit in all three playoff games for Albany, as they reached the PGCBL East Finals. Metzinger hit an even .300 over 34 summer games with 10 extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Cape Cod LeagueJared Poland – Bourne Braves (Player Page)3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 KPoland closed out his summer with a pair of scoreless outings for Bourne, including a two-inning relief appearance that earned him a victory against Falmouth on August 3 in the best-of-three series in the Cape Cod League playoffs. Poland finished with a 4-1 record and 2.84 ERA on the mound and did not allow a run in his final nine innings over six appearances. Prospect LeagueTim Borden II – Quincy Gems (Player Page).333 (10-for-30), 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 RThe season wrapped up for Quincy on Tuesday night and Borden ended the summer on a high note. Borden tallied 10 hits over the last eight games, including a multi-homer night in a blowout win over Springfield on August 4. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team has 19 student-athletes on summer ball assignments across five summer leagues and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Below are some of the highlights from July 31-August 6 games.last_img read more

Substituting two and fourwheeler with bicycles for shortdistance trips

first_imgNew Delhi: India can save a whopping Rs 1.8 trillion annually from reduced fuel costs, travel time savings as well as health benefits from reduced air pollution levels and increased physical activity if cycles replace use of two and four wheelers for short distance trips, a new study has concluded. This figure accounts for 1.6% of India’s GDP for 2015-16. The study ‘Economic Benefits of Cycling in India: An Economic, Environmental and Social Assessment has been conducted by TERI (The Energy & Resource Institute) backed by All India Cycle Manufacturers’ Association. The study for the first time tries to find empirical evidence of the economic benefits that can accrue if Indians start using bicycles for short distance trips instead of motorized vehicles. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The study estimates that 50% substitution of two wheeler and four-wheeler trips by bicycle under the average distance of 8 km will lead to a personal fuel savings of Rs 27 billion. Also, 50% substitution of two wheeler and four-wheeler trips under the average distance of 5 km will result in annual health benefits equivalent to Rs 1435 billion on account of increased physical activity. Similarly, 50% substitution of two-wheeler and four-wheeler trips under the average distance of 8 km can result in savings worth Rs 241 billion due to reduced air pollution. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive For marginal unskilled workers who walk to work every day, a 50% substitution of walking trips above the average distance of 3.5 km can result in travel time savings worth Rs 112 billion. Also, substituting half of short-distance motorized trips by cycling can save India more than 0.35 million tonnes in fuel annually while resulting in CO2 emission reduction of around 1 million tonnes. “Rs 1.8 trillion in direct benefit savings is a huge figure — greater than India’s entire public expenditure on healthcare. This is the first time in India that an elaborate study has tried to derive empirical evidence of the economic benefits of increasing usage of cycling. Despite its many benefits, India is witnessing a very slow growth in bicycle ownership. Specifically in cities short-distance trips which can be undertaken by bicycles are now being made by cars and two-wheelers instead. We need dedicated measures to promote widespread use of bicycles including micro-financing options, reducing GST rates on cycles to 5% from the current 12% as well as construction of adequate and safe cycling infrastructure,” says Mr. Pankaj M Munjal, president of All India Cycle Manufacturers’ Association and Chairman & MD of Hero Cycles. Bicycles in India are increasingly being used by only captive users, who do not have access to any other form of mobility. In the period between 2001 and 2011, the share of bicycle-owning households has only increased by 1% in India. The corresponding share in rural areas has increased by 3.4%, whereas in urban areas it has declined by 4.1%. Rising income levels, absence of safe cycling infrastructure, and increased affordability of motorized vehicles (especially two-wheelers) are major factors that have led to a decline in the share of bicycles. “Cycling provides inherent, incredible, and indefinite benefits in the form of zero dependence on energy sources, zero pollution, and improved health. Additionally, bicycles can provide critical support to urban and rural poor for seeking livelihood, education, and so on. While all this is common knowledge, our study has tried to quantify these benefits. Apart from better and safe cycling infrastructure, we also need to dispel the notion that bicycle is a poor man’s mode of transport. Measures to reduce the use of private vehicles such as congestion and parking pricing and awareness campaigns will also help turn people away from motorized transport,” Source TERI report. It is observed that more than 50% of the people in India use non-motorized forms of transport, such as walking and cycling, to travel to work followed by two-wheelers (18%) and buses (16%). In urban and rural India, on-foot trips account for the highest share of work trips with the share being 12% higher in rural areas. In rural areas, for meeting the daily travel requirements, workers are most dependent on cycling after walking. However, in urban areas, after walking workers are most dependent on two-wheelers. Increasing motorization in urban areas has given rise to many negative externalities such as dependence on fossil fuels, GHG emissions, congestion, pollution and the associated health impacts. In many developed countries such studies have been conducted for judicious appraisal and informed decision-making and have even resulted in the creation of national cycling plans/strategies/laws and separate funds. This study in the Indian context is a step forward in that direction.last_img read more

August 29 2000 Last week Ron Anastasia the codi

first_imgAugust 29, 2000Last week Ron Anastasia, the co-director of the Paradox Conferences, visited Dr.Paolo Soleri and his editor, Kathleen Ryan, at Cosanti. Ron is working ona preface to Paolo’s new manuscripts, the Omega Seed Manuals. The volumes, a collectionof Soleri’s essays, should be published at the first of the year. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img