Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article TrainingOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s training newsBattle areas reopenThe armed forces haveresumed routine military training at 21 specially selected areas across the UKafter closing sites to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. Allmilitary training areas have been closed since 23 February, with only essentialcoaching continuing during this time. The decision to resume training cameafter discussion between MAFF/SERAD and local farmers. The reopened sites arenot located in infected areas and are not grazed. www.mod.ukCanon jobs go globalCanon is running aglobal training programme for its senior managers in July. The two-week coursefor the 18 senior executives will focus on developing marketing and peopleskills, the camera and office equipment manufacturer said. The course is beingrun in conjunction with IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.www.canon.comBank extends coachingStandard Chartered Bankis rolling out an online training programme to its 18,000 staff, based in HongKong and the UK, over the next four to six weeks. There will be a mixture ofclassroom-based and online training covering subjects such as financialcompliance and IT. Training provider Saba will monitor the effectiveness andthe cost implications for the bank. www.sbc.com
Even though Irish-Americans in Bayonne are smaller in number than they once were, their presence today is as strong as their pride. St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, but as anyone who’s been to a pub this month knows, the entire month of March might as well be “Irish Appreciation Month.” At the Irish Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall on Friday, March 10, Mayor James Davis, an Irish-American, called March “the best month of the year.” It not only represents the coming of warm weather and spring but a much-needed reprieve after a late-season blizzard. Everyone, not just the Irish, can look forward to corn beef, stouts, green anything, and a rich Irish history sewn into the fabric of American life. Click here for more.When the Bayonne Public School Administrators Association (BPSAA) vowed to cease participation in extracurricular activities in retaliation for layoffs made by the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) in January and February, school administrators and community traditions collided. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for March 19 was poised to be the first casualty. The St. Patrick’s Parade Committee took to social media on Monday, March 6, to issue a letter expressing “great dismay” over the BPSAA’s withdrawals of elementary school applications for the parade. Normally, the BPSAA organizes elementary students into marching groups in the parade. The marching band and various sports teams are still planning to march because they have separate applications that have not been withdrawn. As quickly as the controversy started, it was resolved. The two sides met on Wednesday, March 8, with the BPSAA agreeing to facilitate and encourage elementary school participation in the parade, but employees of the school district are sticking to their non-participation pledge. Click here for more. × Bayonne wants more than anything to join the ranks of the ferry-serviced cities in Hudson County. Weehawken was first when Arthur Imperatore, a trucking magnate, bought 2.5 miles of Weehawken waterfront in 1981, partly from the bankrupt Penn Central railroad, to redevelop for ferry access, which opened in 1986 when Imperatore founded NY Waterway. Since then, 13 ferry terminals have been chartered in four “Gold Coast” cities – Edgewater, Weehawken, Hoboken, and Jersey City. The Gold Coast, a term for valuable waterfront property along Hudson County’s eastern shore, can easily extend to Bayonne’s Military Ocean Terminal Base (MOTBY) if and when a ferry terminal comes. That goal may be inching closer every day. The City is working constantly to sign on developers, which will help stoke commuter demand. Click here for more.
Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 112-97 to reduce the deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each netted 41 points to become the first team-mates to score more than 40 points in the same NBA Finals match.Steph Curry scored only 25 points and the Warriors also missed the suspended Draymond Green as they failed to clinch the title on their home court.Warriors return to Cleveland, where they won the 2015 title, in game six.No side has come back from 3-1 down to win the Finals but the Cavaliers will feel they now have the momentum on their home court on Thursday to take it to a decider on Sunday.They hit 10 of 24 three-pointers to hand the Warriors their fourth home loss this season. It was level at 61-61 at half-time, but Cleveland then outscored their hosts 51-36, with Curry particularly wasteful as the Warriors hit just three of 21 three-points during that period.It is now 26 consecutive series for James with at least one road win, extending his NBA record.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
by Doug FergusonAP Golf Writer (AP)—The stars are aligning. Phil Mickelson won at Pebble Beach, and Rory McIlroy reached No. 1 in the world. And, of course, there was Tiger Woods in Sunday red, a winner again at last on the PGA Tour.It’s Masters time.But even as the azaleas start to bloom, a thorny issue has returned—the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club— thanks to another achievement that took place far away from the fairways and greens. Virginia Rometty officially took over Jan. 1 as CEO of IBM, the first woman to be chief executive in the 100-year history of Big Blue.IBM is a longtime corporate sponsor of the Masters, and its last four CEOs have been invited to be members.Next in line, though, is a woman.For Martha Burk, who led an unsuccessful campaign 10 years ago for Augusta to admit a female member, the solution is simple.“What IBM needs to do is draw a line in the sand— ‘We’re either going to pull our sponsorship and membership and any ancillary activities we support with the tournament, or the club is going to have to honor our CEO the way they have in the past,’” Burke said in a telephone interview.“There’s no papering over it,” she said. “They just need to step up and do the right thing.”Club officials have declined comment, citing its policy that membership issues are private. At least there has been no mention of a “bayonet,” the term used by former chairman Hootie Johnson that ignited this debate in the summer of 2002.IBM has not returned phone calls seeking comment.It would seem that something has to give—the club’s recent history asking IBM chief executives to become members, or its history of never having a female member since it opened in 1933.Questions about the way Augusta National does business—and whom it invite—are sure to get as much attention as the return of Woods or the emergence of McIlroy.Augusta never talks about its members, although they are seen in green jackets during the tournament. That’s how it was discovered that former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann was invited to join.Johnson, and successor Billy Payne, made it clear that there is no timetable for inviting a woman to join, and if history is any indication, pressure from Burk or the media is not going to change that.Burk worries that Rometty might feel pressure to avoid the all-male club, and says that’s a much the fault of IBM as Augusta National.“It does put IBM in a tough spot, but it’s all their own making,” Burk said Friday morning on CNN. “They have had nine years to help this club come into the 21st century. They’ve done nothing about it. Now, they’re both in a bind.When Burk was leading her fight to open Augusta to women, the Masters did away with television sponsors for two years to keep them out of the fray. When corporate sponsorship returned for the 2005 Masters, only IBM came back. Coca-Cola and Citigroup did not.Burk doesn’t consider her campaign a complete failure, even though it fizzled at a protest during the third round of the 2003 tournament in a parking lot down the street from the club. Without that protest, “this wouldn’t be on the table now.”Just like that, she is back in the news.After CNN, she was to tape a segment for “NBC Nightly News” later Friday. She might get a phone call once a month on the Augusta membership, and now can’t keep track of who’s calling.Augusta won the first battle. This time, Burk believes there potentially are two enemies of equal rights for women.“The company has a huge responsibility here not to undermine its first female CEO,” she said on CNN. “If they accept anything less than full membership—or resign their sponsorship, which is another option—they’re going to undermine their new CEO. And they’ll be making a statement that they don’t consider her an equal to her predecessors.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of OlympiaPositions Open on Four Citizen-Member Advisory CommitteesThe Olympia City Council is accepting applications for vacancies on four citizen-member, volunteer advisory committees. The groups usually meet in the evening.Arts Commission – 1 positionDesign Review Board – 1 position for a person with a Heritage or Historical Architecture backgroundHeritage Commission – 2 vacanciesUtility Advisory Committee – 1 vacancyThe application form is posted on the City’s website, olympiawa.gov, as is information about each committee. To be considered, submit your completed application by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 7. Interviews with the City Council’s 3-person General Government Committee are tentatively scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, August 14.Questions? Contact Cathie Butler, Communications Manager, 360.753.8361, [email protected]
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James’ favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates as the Lakers roared away from James and the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers’ solid effort against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it’s worth in James’ mind. And Los Angeles’ top young talent wasn’t even completely on the court: Top scorer Brandon Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain, while rookie Josh Hart remains out with a broken hand.TIP-INSCavaliers: Kyle Korver scored 12 points while playing with a bruised right foot. … Cleveland dressed only 11 players with several long-term injuries. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand.Lakers: Ingram was re-evaluated Sunday. He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games. … Fans near courtside included Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Marlon Wayans and former Lakers forward Lamar Odom.OH HELLO THERE: With the Lakers up 16 points in the fourth quarter, Magic spent a timeout greeting James’ agent, Rich Paul, and his longtime manager, Maverick Carter, at their courtside seats.I.T. PROFESSIONAL: Thomas’ parting with Cleveland wasn’t harmonious, and he showed off his elite scoring form. After the 5-foot-9 dynamo rebounded his own missed 3-pointer and hit a key jumper late in the third quarter, he took a long look in the direction of the Cavs’ bench and coach Tyronn Lue — or maybe just at Floyd Mayweather, his good friend sitting next to Jack Nicholson.UP NEXTCavaliers: At the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.The Cavs were no match for Randle, who produced one of the most impressive games of his career. The bruising forward scored 23 points in the second half and went 14 for 18 from the field overall before leaving to a huge late ovation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThomas also shone in his first game against the Cavs since they traded him to Los Angeles last month and ended their brief attempt to replace Kyrie Irving with the undersized scoring machine. He scored eight points in 2 ½ minutes early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on Feb. 8. 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But he spent the final minutes on the bench after the Lakers showed off their potential by running away.Magic Johnson acknowledged the Lakers swung last month’s trade with Cleveland to get into prime salary-cap position to chase elite free agents this summer — and the top name on that list will be James.The three-time NBA champion already has a reported $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul, so a move to Hollywood could be a logical step off the court for the 33-year-old veteran.But James is unlikely to join a team that can’t immediately contend for championships with his addition. The Lakers’ entire season has been designed to prove their young core would fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins — or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
5 February 2009International power and automation technology group ABB has won an order worth US$53-million (about R528-million) from South African electricity company Eskom to strengthen its transmission network in the Western Cape province.The installations, which form part of an initiative to increase power capacity in Cape Town and its surrounding areas, will allow Eskom more flexibility and reduce its reliance on the Koeberg nuclear power station.ABB will design, manufacture, install and commission six 765-kilovolt capacitor banks at the Alpha, Beta, Mercury and Perseus substations, with the compensators used in the project being from a family of technologies known as flexible alternating current transmission systems (Facts).“ABB’s Facts technologies allow more power to be delivered more efficiently using existing infrastructure,” ABB Power Systems head Peter Leupp said in a statement this week.“This reduces the need to build additional transmission lines, lowering environmental impact and minimising cost.”Advanced control and protectionThe project includes ABB’s Mach2 technology, which is an advanced control and protection system, and the most widely applied platform for high voltage direct current and Facts solutions, bringing the benefit of fast, flexible, real-time control.ABB is a pioneer in Facts technologies, with the largest installed base in the world. Eskom has awarded ABB a number of contracts in recent years, including a $90-million order to upgrade control systems and instrumentation at the Matla power plant in north-eastern South Africa.This latest order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2008, and is expected to be complete by 2010.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Once a dusty, dry and forgotten dormitory for South Africa’s “city of gold”, Soweto is staking its claim to Johannesburg’s riches.The Orlando Towers have become a main attraction in Soweto, mainly for the extreme-sports activities taking place there. (Image: South African Tourism Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterOnce a dusty, dry and forgotten dormitory for South Africa’s “city of gold”, Soweto is staking its claim to Johannesburg’s riches. At the same time, it is becoming a vibrant, sustainable and economically active city in its own right.Street hawkers unpacking their stock on the side of the road, pedestrians walking to and from work, taxis hooting for passengers and schoolchildren laughing as they walk to school – this is a typical morning in Soweto.Over the years, Soweto has risen from the apartheid era rubble to being one of South Africa’s main tourist destinations. The township has transformed; once consisting of mainly matchbox houses and dusty roads, today it has middle class and even upper class housing.A number of high-rise buildings, malls and shopping centres can also be spotted, another feature that contributes greatly to the changing look of the area.The streets are tarred and most households have access to running water and electricity. Yet a united community is still embraced, and the principle “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is still applied in many parts.And there is a concerted effort to green the once dusty brown area. According to the City of Joburg’s Region D manager for programmes and strategy, Lali Mohlabane, in the last financial year, three mini-parks in Naledi, Meadowlands and Freedom Park were built.LufherengDevelopment is keeping pace. Progress is steadily being made on the Lufhereng project, a mixed-use, mixed-income township situated west of Dobsonville. Already, families have moved into more than a thousand RDP houses. Once complete, it is expected to yield 24 500 homes, with schools, clinics, sports fields and recreational amenities making up a sustainable community.The project will include a significant component of urban agriculture, through small-scale intensive urban agriculture open-field plots, hydroponic farming units and fish breeding schemes.Soweto TheatreMeanwhile, 30% of construction is completed on the long-awaited Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, the first of its kind for a South African township. When complete, the theatre will comprise a 420-seat main venue with an end stage, furnished with wings and buttresses; two smaller venues of 180 and 90 seats; an indoor foyer serving all three venues; multilevel change rooms; storage rooms; and a greenroom.“We are expecting it to be finished by November this year, if all goes according to plan,” Mohlabane said. “The theatre will provide job opportunities for artists, actors, waiters and waitresses and cleaning staff.”The building of the Soweto Theatre is part of a fully fledged business and residential node planned for the suburb of Jabulani, which will include cluster homes, a technikon and a fire station.The precinct will have a R320-million shopping mall, the 300-bed Jabulani Provincial Hospital, and a residential area with three- to five-storey walk-up apartment blocks. Unit prices are expected to range between R300 000 and R500 000.Orlando EkhayaIn 2010, Heroes Bridge was completed at Orlando Ekhaya, a complex under construction in the Sowetan suburb of Power Park. The complex will take up 300 hectares of land, consisting of 30 000 square metres of retail and office space, in the possible seven floors to be created in the power station building. Some 60ha of land is to be allocated to conservation space.There are to be three levels of shops and restaurants within the old power station, with a townhouse complex behind it, and a bird sanctuary and a walkway around the dam, with jetties for water sports.The development will link the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus across the road, in particular with the distinctive koppies behind the main campus, where trails are laid out.Other developments in the region include an emergency shelter in Tladi, and Rea Vaya, the flagship Bus Rapid Transit public transport system.“Rea Vaya came and changed the whole aesthetic structure of Soweto,” Mohlabane said. “The people are really using the buses so we cannot complain in that regard.”Soweto is also home to the world’s biggest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Diepkloof. In addition, there are a number of provincial hospitals and City clinics. There are two private clinics, Tshepo-Themba Clinic in Meadowlands and Lesedi Clinic in Diepkloof.And there is the four-star Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square in Kliptown and a number of bed-and-breakfasts. Along the famous Vilakazi Street, there are well-known restaurants, including Nambitha and Sakhumzi.ChallengesThough the region continues to make significant progress, there are still minor issues that are a continual thorn in the side of its administrators, including: illegal dumping, decaying buildings, blocked sewages and rehabilitation of streets.“To a large extent, communities are to blame for not using properly the equipment that the City has entrusted them with,” Mohlabane said. “Take illegal dumping, for an example; there really is no reason for it, because each household was given a 340-litre bin and our people from Pikitup collect waste on a weekly basis without fail.”Soweto – Johannesburg’s Region D – comprises of a number of suburbs, including: Diepkloof, Meadowlands, Freedom Park, Devland, Naturena, Meredale, Dobsonville, Greater Soweto and parts of Protea Glen. Dominating languages in the region are Zulu, Xhosa, seSotho and Tswana.According to Mohlabane, a large part of Soweto’s economy is informal. “A lot of people in this area who are unemployed operate some kind of informal businesses from their homes or street corners.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
15 October 2014South Africa is not a corrupt country, but like other nations, it is a country that is fighting the scourge of corruption and other crimes that are a threat to the rule of law, according to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.Speaking at the 35th International Crime Stoppers Conference on Tuesday, 14 October, Madonsela said she is often asked whether South Africa is a corrupt country.“My response is always: No, we are certainly not a corrupt country. Like many other nations, we are a country that has a problem of corruption. I must add that we are a country that is built to fight and is resolutely fighting corruption and other crimes and threats to the rule of law,’ she said in her speech delivered to delegates attending the conference which runs from 12 to 15 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.South Africa ranks fourth after Mauritius, Cape Verde and Botswana in terms of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance which provides an annual assessment of the quality of governance in 52 African countries, according to Madonsela. “This is good and we should build on it, going forward,’ she said, adding that South Africa’s success in this area is a result of a multi-pronged approach to promoting good governance, including combatting corruption.“We have a sound constitutional and legal framework with a complimentary arsenal of anti-corruption safeguards that we have established since the dawn of our 20-year-old democracy.’South Africa’s Constitution lays the foundation for good governance, and lays out the dos and don’ts for those entrusted with public power, Madonsela said. “Constitutional imperatives include open democracy, public accountability, the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.’Regarding legislation, Madonsela said South Africa has the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, the Financial Intelligence Centre Act and the Public Protector Act, all helping curtail transgressions in the country.Besides the Public Protector, there are other “watchdogs’ like the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks), the Independent Police Investigation Directorate, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Special Investigating Unit, and the Anti-corruption Coordinating Committee under the Department of Public Service and Administration, among others.“We also have independent constitutional institutions with administrative oversight powers, which include the Public Protector, the Auditor-General and the Independent Electoral Commission and the Public Service Commission. Human Rights bodies such as the South African Human Rights Commission also play a role in fostering integrity by limiting discretion of decision-makers through enforcing human rights,’ said Madonsela.On the issue of corruption per se, Madonsela said this menace is a societal than rather than governmental problem. “I’m sure that it is our common belief that if there was no corrupt individual in society, there would be none in the public sector. There would also be no corruption in the private sector,’ she said.South Africa’s fourth position on the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance is commendable, but the country can improve on this, according to Madonsela. She said South Africans needs take the following steps:Respect the Constitution and the rule of law, with the understanding that not a single one of us is above the law.Ensure that no one, especially those exercising public power and control over state resources, escapes scrutiny and accountability.Shun and deal with retail or small acts of corruption as it fosters a culture of acceptance of wrong. We need to shun corruption wherever it surfaces.Report corruption.Form a united front against corruptionProtect whistle blowers since they are a critical part of the solution.Madonsela said to succeed against crime all cracks must be closed and one of those cracks is impunity. “If criminals know they can play the system to evade accountability, more will do the same, and before we realize what’s happening the rule of law will be undermined,’ she said.SAinfo reporter
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Spray-foam insulation is gaining popularity these days, and for good reason. Not only does it offer lots of R-value per inch, but it also air-seals the house. I’ve been building custom homes in North Carolina for more than 20 years, and I’ve been using spray-foam insulation for the past four. These days, all my projects get 8 in. to 12 in. of foam under the roof deck, and I often use foam to insulate walls and crawlspaces as well.Prepping for the spray-foam crew is now just another part of the building process, but it took some time and a lot of stained shingles and concrete for me to figure out the learning curve. Along the way, I discovered that the first hurdle in using spray-foam insulation might just be working with the building inspector. Venting, fire safety, and building officials The first time I insulated an attic with spray foam, the building inspector asked me to supply a letter from my structural engineer stating that the roof framing was strong enough to support the weight of the foam. That might have been the most extreme case of an inspector being misinformed about the properties and benefits of spray-foam insulation, but it wasn’t an isolated case.Code officials in my area value ventilation in attics and crawlspaces so much that they have a hard time with the thought of sealing these areas with foam. So if I’m planning to spray the underside of a roof deck or a crawlspace, I talk to the building inspector during the permitting process to make sure he’s OK with not venting either space.The most common speed bump I run into during these conversations involves roof venting and shingle warranties. If the spray-foam insulation will void the…