The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is working across Vermont to help communities solve local issues with 21st century tools. On February 16 e-Vermont will host Vermont Communities in a Digital Age to highlight some of the projects taking place and bring leaders and learners together to share what they have discovered so far. Topics include mobilizing community resources during emergencies, a hands-on lab about digital tools for business, a showcase of how technology is expanding the classroom for 4-6th graders, and a preview of how town meetings can reach a wider audience. The all-day workshop takes place at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.‘‘High speed Internet is the critical resource of the 21st century for business, education, community building, good governance and communicating with friends and family. It touches on all parts of our lives,’ says e-Vermont Project Director Helen Labun Jordan. ‘But making the best use of this resource takes the kind of creative thinking we’ll be sharing on February 16.’ Labun Jordan notes that this workshop is for people who are comfortable with computers and focused on applying those skills to larger community goals, not on learning basic skills. Anne Galloway is the keynote speaker. Anne is an award-winning journalist and founder/editor of VTDigger.org, a statewide news website dedicated to coverage of Vermont politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.Registration is only $20 and includes course offerings, refreshments and lunch. For a complete schedule and to pre-register online visit the e-Vermont website at www.e4vt.org(link is external), call 802-859-3090, or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail). Follow e-Vermont on Facebook (e-Vermont) and Twitter (@eVermont).e-Vermont partner The Snelling Center for Government is the lead organizer for Vermont Communities in a Digital Age.‘The whole day will offer participants new ideas about how digital tools can be used to create jobs, reinvent schools, attract visitors, improve civic involvement, and enliven Vermont communities,’ stated conference coordinator Joanna Cummings. ‘We hope that hearing directly from some of our communities about their projects will inspire other towns to adapt these tools for their unique needs.’The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and is made up of the Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch Forum, Digital Wish, Evslin Family Foundation and Vermont Community Foundation.e-Vermont is supported by a $2.5 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additional support comes from the Evslin Family Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, the Jan and David Blittersdorf Foundation, UVM’s Center for Rural Studies, the Vermont Rural Partnership and by donated services and equipment from Dell, Microsoft, and Comcast.
Associated Press Schiano was hired in December to start a second stint as Rutgers’ coach. Chris Ash was fired early last season and replaced on an interim basis by Nunzio Campanile. The Scarlet Knights were 2-10 last season and have won nine games in the past four years.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were put in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. Incoming freshman players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them. Schiano: Two Rugers football players have coronavirus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTwo Rutgers football players have tested positive for the coronavirus.Coach Greg Schiano discussed the positive tests Monday during a virtual conference call with the media. It was his first availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home. June 22, 2020
Michael Ryan’s side are in training this evening but fans are being advised that the session at Semple Stadium is not open to the public.Tipp Captain Brendan Maher says their exit from the league spurred them on to clearly focus on their championship ambitions
31. Washington Redskins, 1-9 (31) MORE: Latest NFL QB power rankingsFrom 1-32, here’s how all of the league’s teams stack up against each other with only six weeks left in the 2019 regular season:NFL power rankings1. Baltimore Ravens, 8-2 (previous ranking: 3)The Ravens’ winning resume and high level of play offensively and defensively, led by Lamar Jackson and their deep secondary, no longer can be ignored. They are the best team in the NFL now after their beatdown of the Texans adds to a November to remember.2. New England Patriots 9-1 (1)The Patriots beat the Eagles with more of the dominant defense we saw before they ran into the Ravens in Week 9. But their offense keeps leaving much to be desired, and Tom Brady is the first one to keep pointing that out. They need to be on point in that area against the Cowboys.3. San Francisco 49ers, 9-1 (2)The 49ers came out a little gassed after playing 70 minutes of football during their first defeat Monday night, but despite all their small lapses and bigger mistakes, they fought to overcome them and knock off the Cardinals while dealing with more key injuries. Now they need to rev up for the Packers, Ravens and Saints in their next three games.4. New Orleans Saints, 8-2 (6)The Saints’ offense had a much-needed get well game at the Buccaneers because their principals, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, had monstrous games to open up everything else, per usual. The pass defense was impressive without Marshon Lattimore, too.5. Seattle Seahawks, 8-2 (4)The Seahawks got a well-deserved bye after last week’s Monday night marathon victory. They will go back to work with Russell Wilson trying to clip the Eagles’ wings while the 49ers and Packers have to play each other. 21. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4-6 (20)The Jaguars got Nick Foles back, and while he brought back some good downfield passing, the offense didn’t have the same dynamic, explosive, balanced feel it did with Gardner Minshew. One more road loss in the division to the Titans with Foles making mistakes, and the heat will be on Doug Marrone to go back to his rookie.22. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-7 (21)The Chargers went into Monday night desperate for a win in Mexico City to keep alive their fading hopes of an AFC playoff return. So much for Philip Rivers playing better now that the running game and defense have come alive — seven interceptions in two weeks won’t cut it.23. Detroit Lions, 3-6-1 (22)The Lions are showing plenty of offensive fight with Jeff Driskel filling in for Matthew Stafford, but their defense takes turns being destroyed by the run and the pass, much to the chagrin of Matt Patricia after the team’s big offseason investments.24. Atlanta Falcons, 3-7 (27)Dan Quinn has seen his defense respond now that he has help with the scheming and play-calling. The Falcons have gone from ineffective to dominant after the bye. Unfortunately, it’s too late for their playoff chances, but the development could save his job.25. Denver Broncos, 3-7 (23)Brandon Allen played valiantly on the road as their passing game put a real scare into the Vikings. But Vic Fangio’s defense continues to disappoint in key parts of games. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/93/c0/jameis-winston-100219-getty-ftrjpg_ftiqi927xmwy1dgovfolv4tmw.jpg?t=-1907027179&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d2/19/derek-carr-102019-getty-ftrjpg_1i1mpl11lq3591rd9fg96nc9fl.jpg?t=-360193115&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/e3/dwayne-haskins-080819-getty-ftrjpg_nt7a2jl708qp1e2a50hcd3nkq.jpg?t=1949749604&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/38/ae/mason-rudolph-091619-getty-ftrjpg_1hn3xmxgjz1l715ovmfw3tt49y.jpg?t=994917133&w=500&quality=80 16. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-5 (13)The Steelers are doing their best to win with running game and defense, but Mason Rudolph remains a liability, and now there are offensive injuries piling up, too. They need to find a way to take the five winnable games ahead before facing the Ravens in Week 17 to get into the playoffs.17. Carolina Panthers, 5-5 (16)Kyle Allen has suddenly become a red-zone turnover machine, as the shaky pass protection is hurting him. He is forcing throws off poor decision-making, and it has cost his team chances at victories the past two weeks. All the good vibes about Allen before Weeks 10 and 11 are now replaced with bigger questions about the future at QB in Carolina.18. Tennessee Titans, 5-5 (18)The Titans went into their bye having won three of the past four games with Ryan Tannehill starting and the offense showing the life it should have with Derrick Henry as the foundation. A win over the Jaguars in Week 12 would vault them right back into the AFC South race.19. Cleveland Browns, 4-6 (25)Myles Garrett and that ugly finish against the Steelers aside, the Browns suddenly have a winning streak because Baker Mayfield is playing much better with the offense making some good adjustments with Kareem Hunt in the mix. The Dolphins give them beautiful bridge matchup before they face the Steelers in a heated rematch.20. Chicago Bears, 4-6 (19)The Bears’ defense is doing its best to hold up with the offense remaining anemic, save for a few random big plays. A bad break-up seems more imminent for Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky in one way or another. 6. Green Bay Packers, 8-2 (5)The Packers have had two weeks to prepare for the 49ers, and a win coming out of the bye would give them control of the NFC’s top seed. Aaron Rodgers has a path back to the Super Bowl right in front of him, with plenty of help from Aaron Jones and Matt LaFleur.7. Minnesota Vikings, 8-3 (7)The Vikings would have blown that Broncos game last season. But this season, their offensive execution with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook has been terrific, whether they’re rolling out to leads or mounting comebacks. Mike Zimmer has done a solid coaching job, and Cousins has lived up to his contract.8. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-4 (9)Patrick Mahomes, evident by his key running against the Chargers, was a little healthier Monday night than he was when he picked apart the Titans in a losing effort last week. He got a big hand from the defense just when he needed it without Tyreek Hill going into the bye.9. Dallas Cowboys, 6-4 (10)The Cowboys are at their best when they give Dak Prescott complete control of the offense and make Ezekiel Elliott more of a dangerous complementary piece — not the other way around. They should keep trusting in Prescott’s passing with a season-defining matchup against the Patriots next.10. Houston Texans, 6-4 (8)The Texans had their shot against the Ravens, but their pass defense woes showed up big-time, and Deshaun Watson couldn’t do much about changing their fortunes. Now they’re in a fight to either win the AFC South or fall back on a wild card. Week 11 went mostly according to plan in the NFL. While the AFC powerhouses flexed their muscles a little more, a few of the better NFC teams had to dig deep to pull out games they desperately needed ahead of the stretch run.Still, there was enough good and bad to create some more shakeup in the league’s power struggle heading into Week 12, from the top to near the bottom. While there are seven teams that have eight or more wins, there are now 14 teams that have between four and six wins. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/dc/nick-foles-090319-getty-ftrjpg_1gn8r16l91etw19vbpz7p2dws2.jpg?t=-101895692&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/25/af/aaron-rodgers-102119-getty-ftrjpg_yq7s82g9yncv1m6ktps2xau2g.jpg?t=-264486099&w=500&quality=80 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3-7 (24)Jameis Winston can’t seem to shake his turnover woes for one reason or another, and just as it looked like he was a surefire long-term keeper, he dropped a four-interception game against the Saints. The pass defense, however, remains the bigger problem.27. Arizona Cardinals, 3-7-1 (26)The Cardinals tried their best to win a shootout with the 49ers a second time but were denied again. Kyler Murray keeps growing to raise their offensive efficiency, but the defense is an absolute mess against the pass, even with Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson as the headliners.28. New York Jets, 3-7 (29)The Jets are starting to respond offensively to Adam Gase, and it helps him that he knows he is not going anywhere as their head coach after this disappointing season. In Washington, they looked like a complete team for the first time under him.29. New York Giants, 2-8 (30)The Giants enjoyed a bye to help Daniel Jones evaluate his rookie season with a chance to finish strong. A little more help from Saqoun Barkley’s running and the defense would be nice over the final month and a half.30. Miami Dolphins, 2-8 (28)The Dolphins cooled off against the Bills as their defense went back to crumbling. At least their offense and special teams continue to play rather inspired, as there sadly is no more “tank for Tua” for multiple reasons. 11. Oakland Raiders, 6-4 (12)The Raiders have their running game and defense going to support Derek Carr’s combination of gutsy and efficient play. Jon Gruden remains in the coach of the year conversation with Kyle Shanahan and LaFleur.12. Indianapolis Colts, 6-4 (17)The Colts took back first place in the AFC South with the dominant defensive performance they needed at home against the Jaguars. Jacoby Brissett being healthy made a huge difference, as well, but now they have to keep enduring without Marlon Mack in the power running game.13. Los Angeles Rams, 6-4 (14)The Rams took care of the Bears by re-dedicating themselves to the running game out of necessity to boost their young offensive line and overcome their wide receiver limitations. Sean McVay’s reinvention has kept them alive in the playoff race despite the way the 49ers and Seahawks are playing.14. Buffalo Bills, 7-3 (15)The Bills are good at ripping through bad teams, and they did just that in whipping the Dolphins to stay ahead of surging group of AFC wild-card contenders. They need to beat up on the Broncos next with the Cowboys, Ravens and Patriots around the corner.15. Philadelphia Eagles, 5-5 (11)The Eagles’ offense was without both Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard against the Patriots, leaving the tight ends as the only real help for Carson Wentz. The defense has done well to tighten the screws, but they simply aren’t capable of scoring enough anymore. Rookie Dwayne Haskins still looks overwhelmed, but at least the return of running back Derrius Guice was a nice spark to the offense. It also doesn’t help when the defense is getting gashed in every which way.32. Cincinnati Bengals, 0-10 (32)The Bengals showed better effort in Oakland, but they still couldn’t get enough defensive stops or offensive execution from rookie Ryan Finley. It might come down to Week 16 against the Dolphins to avoid a winless season.
A group of Loreto girls from Letterkenny are hoping to flush out all competition with their unique school product. Five innovative young students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny have recently began to make and sell their own unique product ‘Royal Flush’.It is an all natural, luxury scented cleaning product for toilets. They believe it would be fantastic for when you would be expecting visitors. You simply pop one in the toilet after use and flushing. Around twenty to forty minutes later you will be able to smell your chosen scent until after the reuse. As it’s an all natural product it will not stain or damage your toilet.There are five scents to chose from, Hollyberry, Eucalyptus, Orange, Spice and Lavender. The Royal Flush colours are matched to each scent. One jar of any scent costs €3.50 but you can buy two jars for €6.Royal Flush will be available to purchase in Magees Chemist and Donegal Tile Centre. You can also order your own jar on facebook @ Royal flushThe girls spend lunchtimes and spend time after school in the science labatory carefully making and testing out their product. They start by putting all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then they add the liquids and oils drop by drop. They then make the mould and put them in the jar. The product has become popular with a number of people already and the girls hope to catch the eyes of many more in the coming weeks. The girls look forward to entering competitions and gaining business experience.‘’We have learnt that hard work is followed by success’’. DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyLORETO CONVENTRoyal Flush
Khulisa works with inmates to facilitate their re-integration into society.(Image: National Digital Repository) Dynamic Khulisa founder Lesley Ann van Selm has won awards for her organisation and in her personal capacity for her uplifting programmes.(Image: Khulisa Social Solutions) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesley Ann van Selm MD, Khulisa Social Solutions +27 11 788 8237 or +27 82 601 2299 RELATED ARTICLES • SA marks first steps to democracy • Mandela prison anniversary marked • Values, heritage can be learned here • Concourt art tells SA’s story • SA’s gallows now instrument of healing Lucille DavieKhulisa means “to nurture” in Zulu. And plenty of nurturing has been going on across the country over the past 16 years in Khulisa Social Solutions, a multi-layered intervention and upliftment programme with the slogan Reinventing lives.“We work with a variety of role-players including corporations, NGOs and the government to co-ordinate and facilitate projects that engage poverty alleviation, crime reduction, victim empowerment, enterprise development and community upliftment,” indicates the website.Founder and MD Lesley Ann van Selm established the NGO in 1997 and today it has 31 offices nationwide, employing 250. It works in 100 rural areas, and has reached 493 046 people through its multiple programmes in the past year.Khulisa has won and been shortlisted for numerous social awards, including the Silver Impumelelo Award in 2007; the National Reintegration Award from the South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders in 2000; and in 2006, the Gauteng Service Provider of the Year Award from the Department of Correctional Services.Khulisa has also set up shop in the UK, where it went originally to create a base from which to access funding, but the organisation’s Silence the Violence programme was identified as something that didn’t exist in that country. Khulisa is now an independent entity in the UK, and has been operating as such since 2008. Inspired to make a differenceVan Selm, who has a marketing and public relations background, has personally won the 2010 Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year award in the Good Neighbour Category and the 2009 Pinnacle Award as a leading social entrepreneur in Southern Africa. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Annual Reconciliation Award from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.In 2001 she was elected an Ashoka Fellow, a prestigious accolade. Ashoka is a global organisation that supports leading social entrepreneurs, individuals who are making a large-scale impact on society.In the troubled 1980s Van Selm worked as an entrepreneur in the townships, but in 1986 she went bankrupt. She says of the experience: “I think this is a lesson that every entrepreneur needs to go through because it gives you a gut feeling about things that you never lose.”After dabbling in advertising, educational television programmes and films, she became involved in storytelling and tied up with the Department of Education in training teachers in the art. This fizzled out but she took the idea to Leeuwkop Prison in north Johannesburg – the concept was to help rehabilitate inmates through storytelling. She says: “That is the day I knew my life would never be the same”.Van Selm was introduced to 20 young inmates, whom she describes as “the most beautiful young people who responded to the opportunity to listen to a story, to tell their story, to participate, to be creative, to be honest about what had happened and they were so hungry and thirsty – they were hopeless because they had never been given a chance to tell their stories or be creative.”She says after running the pilot programme in the prison for a week, “it was unthinkable that we wouldn’t come back”.Van Selm admits to becoming obsessed with her young charges. “The first year I worked with them I came back from my holiday with my entire boot filled with Oros bottles and sea water.” She was requested to bring back sea water because of traditional beliefs that it has healing qualities.And so Khulisa was born. Originally called Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative, it has broadened its scope to wider societal issues, changing its name to Khulisa Social Solutions. Vision and missionKhulisa’s vision is to provide a “safer, healthier and more prosperous South Africa, where all people, especially youth, have access to the information, skills and opportunities they need to contribute to equitable local and national development”.This will be done by addressing “social vulnerabilities and inequalities by providing support and developmental know-how, through key partnerships, for initiatives at a community level that quantifiably demonstrate social impact”, according to the website.Over the past year Khulisa has partnered with 188 entities around the country, including the departments of Justice, Correctional Services, Education, Foreign Affairs, Health, Social Development, Community Safety, Housing and Labour.These departments help fund Khulisa, which is also supported financially by the EU, the Danish, Finnish, American and British governments, the Open Society Foundation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the US Agency for International Development. Local sponsors are Anglo American, Harmony Gold, Goldfields, BHP Billiton, Liberty Life, Investec Bank, Carlson Wagonlit and DHL, among others.“Our proven, award-winning programmes provide the intellectual, moral and emotional development that is absent in the lives of many. These interventions effectively break the cycle of violence and crime and result in reinvented individuals becoming part of a ‘pay-it-forward’ social enterprise or community development initiative,” indicates the website. Fostering self-relianceKhulisa works through three inter-connected business units that focus on crime prevention and access to justice, community and leadership development, and business skills and enterprise development. “By targeting all three areas, Khulisa reinforces behaviour change, primarily by the youth, with opportunities for self-reliance, sustainability and an improved community environment.”These business units collectively run nine programmes: Offender rehabilitation; Justice and Restoration; Make it Better youth capacity building and development; diversion programmes; Silence the Violence; Speak up/tug of war; social enterprise programmes in schools; training of master trainers; and the puppet project.Once they’ve gone through the Khulisa programmes, graduates who demonstrate aptitude are assisted in setting up their micro enterprises, which are developed in partnership with Khulisa or other NGOs working in those particular fields.Offender rehabilitationOffender rehabilitation has three arms: HIV/Aids peer education, conducted in various prisons around the country; offender rehabilitation; and Gateways offender reintegration.Over the past five years, Khulisa has worked in 60 prisons across the country with its HIV/Aids peer education programme, rolling it out to 5 763 offenders. By June 2012 the programme had been introduced to 11 Southern African Development Community countries, by training psychiatrists, medical doctors, human resource practitioners and prison management officers.Over the past five years only 18% of 287 offenders who have completed the programme have been reincarcerated. The national relapse rate is 85%.Through the Gateways programme, 66 ex-offenders were given job-shadowing opportunities in 2009, with 83% completing it, and 14% employed full-time by the City of Johannesburg. A survey six months later revealed that 81% of 36 respondents either were employed or studying or volunteering. Justice and restoration: The Justice and Restoration programme or JARP is “a holistic and integrated programme that combines Khulisa’s community development, rehabilitation and reintegration programmes with restorative justice, peacemaking and conflict resolution processes”.The programme has dealt mainly with serious, violent crime and targeted incarcerated, pre- and post-release offenders. The recidivism rate in the country is around 80% while Khulisa’s rate is less than 20%.A case study done in Phoenix in Durban between 2007 and 2009 revealed that 2 000 cases were successfully mediated by Khulisa, the National Prosecuting Authority and the justice department, leading to a reduction in the court backlog of up to 50%, with 93% of victims saying they would rather go the alternative justice route.Another case study, done between 2010 and 2012 over six urban, peri-urban and rural sites, saw 88 438 people being reached on the basis of one victim, one perpetrator, with common assault being the most common crime. Across the six sites, 84% of cases were successfully mediated. Make it Better: The Make it Better (MIB) programme aims to skill youth community leaders. Over 13 years 53 MIB programmes were introduced in seven provinces, training more than 600 people. Over a two-year period each MIB group influenced the lives of around 5 000 young children through peer drug and HIV/Aids education, multiple life skills, sports and recreation, and leadership, among others. Diversion programme: This programme aims to divert young adults who have committed petty offences out of the criminal justice system, thereby giving them a second chance. This involves apologising to the victims, and getting involved in community outreach programmes, called Ubuntu in Action.Between 2010 and 2012, of 6 829 children under 18 years across the country who were involved in petty crime, 4 961 or 73% were diverted away from crime. Silence the Violence: Amazing results have been achieved in this programme – from a group of 164 maximum sentence offenders in four correctional facilities, none of them re-offended during a four-year period after participation in the programme. Some 119 became HIV/Aids and Substance Abuse Peer Educators in their correctional facilities, and 23 of them were released and are giving peer education programmes in schools and their communities. Speak up/tug of war programme: The aim of this programme is to reduce alcohol-related problems among young people, thus empowering them to speak up around substance abuse in their schools and communities. It involves a systemic approach in addressing problems, empowering young people, educators and parents in alcohol-related problems in their communities and schools. Social enterprise programmes: These programmes have been conducted in schools. In 2012 17 young people from three Soweto schools who participated in the programme over a six-month period, demonstrated a personal growth of 85%. Training of master trainers: In 2012 over 600 social workers benefited from Khulisa training developed by the organisation for the department of social development’s crime prevention directorate. The overall rating of Khulisa’s service delivery as a result was 85%. Puppet project: Over a six-month period 27 345 children participated and benefited from puppet shows in 66 schools. This resulted in job creation, where NGOs were established that specialise in communication via puppetry. Human rights awareness was raised among children and their parents, which led to “significant referrals to alternative sources”. Receptive to new ideasDr Martin Wright, a respected restorative justice scholar and writer based in the UK, says that while he thinks Khulisa is not perfect, he did form “the impression of a very lively organisation, receptive to new ideas: it makes connections, observing the backgrounds and ramifications of the problems it is trying to tackle; and it has a business-like approach – its board members come from business backgrounds”.Wright was invited to South Africa in November 2011 by Khulisa to exchange experiences over a two-week period.
28 October 2013Seven Ghanaians arrived in South Africa earlier this month to begin training on the independent operation and maintenance of radio telescopes in Africa.Using a miniature version of a radio telecsope, they will learn how to design, build, operate and maintain an African telescope network that will support the scientific and technical activities of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).According to Joyce Koranteng-Acquah, a research scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, the SKA is set to improve the lives of the average Ghanaian through the provision of jobs, infrastructure and tourism. Koranteng-Acquah has just arrived in South Africa for SKA-related training, which she hopes will equip her with the skills she needs eventually to help coordinate the Ghana Radio Astronomy Project.Koranteng-Acquah, along with Emmanuel Mornoh, Severin Azakpo, Theophilus Ansahnarh, Felix Madjitey, Emmanuel Adzri and Joseph Nsor, make up the first technical team from Africa to receive training as part of the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) programme.The aim of the programme is to create a network of radio telescopes among SKA South Africa’s African partner countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.New generation of African scientists, engineers“The training programme marks the start of a programme to strengthen African technical capability,” Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday. “Involving the African partner countries in the AVN training programme is a means of ensuring that Africa is capacitated and ready for hosting the SKA.”The Deputy Minister was speaking ahead of the programme’s launch at the MeerKAT headquarters in Pinelands, Cape Town.Masutha said the training project would establish strong collaborative Africa-Europe networks in science and engineering and would deliver practical training and hands-on experiences that would enthuse a new generation of scientists and engineers on the continent.Bringing home the basicsInitially, the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) project will focus on the conversion of large redundant or unused telecommunication antennas into the AVN, and on training local teams to operate the new observatories.The seven Ghanaians began training on 14 October, and in their first two months will focus on the basics of radio telescope systems at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) north of Johannesburg and at the SKA office in Cape Town. After this, another four months will be dedicated to developing their own telescope systems.“Having [access to] the world’s largest telescope to study the universe and the life of stars, and being part of this team of scientists and engineers is great,” said Adzri, an assistant research scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.Anita Loots, associate director at SKA South Africa, said that up to 70 individuals from the eight SKA partner countries could be trained in the same way over the next few years.“The training programme itself is a world first,” added Loots. “It is a combination of engineering and scientific skills development across disciplines, which will equip teams with a thorough understanding of their own instruments.”Part of the programme uses animations to explain important engineering concepts, and the trainees will be able to use these back in Ghana to train their colleagues.‘Baby telescope’Another unique aspect of the training is what Loots calls the “baby telescope”. This training-wheel equivalent is basically a satellite television dish equipped with all the key features of a typical, but much larger, AVN radio telescope. It is officially known as the AVN Scaled Training Telescope.The trainees will build the entire system, starting with only the components, and will ultimately use it to monitor radio emissions from our own star, the sun. This exercise will help them to familiarise themselves with the principles of radio telescope design and operation.“These are the first steps towards preparing our African partners to manage SKA telescope stations,” Loots said. “We are working together to maximise the benefits of participating in SKA activities for Africa as a whole, as well as the sustainability of radio astronomy in the region.”African human capital developmentFurther steps on the way to human capital development for the AVN include formal and informal training events, such as the so-called Joint Exchange Development Initiative (JEDI) workshops. In these relaxed but high-intensity environments, university students and staff are encouraged to problem-solve together by sharing knowledge and ideas.A group of 14 astrophysics graduates from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, along with senior university staff, will be doing a five-day JEDI under the leadership of the SKA South Africa and AVN team. It is expected that JEDIs will be extensively conducted across the continent during 2014.These and other training-focussed operations form part of what can be termed a holistic approach to human capital development for African radio astronomy.Source: SKA South Africa
31 January 2014French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent is set to upgrade the 10 000-kilometre EASSy submarine cable system linking South Africa to Sudan with the latest 100 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) technology.Announcing the upgrade last week, the company said the upgrade would ultimately enable the system to carry capacity in excess of 10 terabits per second, boosting ultra-broadband capacity in eastern and southern Africa and strengthening its connectivity with Europe, the Middle East and Asia.“Since EASSy entered service in 2010, we have seen enormous growth in demand for capacity on the system”, EASSy management committee chairman Chris Wood said in a statement.“This upgrade will add an additional 400Gb/s per second of capacity throughout the system, using Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent 100Gb/s technology, and enables us to take a further step in offering our customers the ultra-broadband capacity needed for innovative services and applications.”The Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is owned and operated by a group of 17 shareholders, 92% of which are African – including South Africa’s MTN, Neotel, Telkom and Vodacom – and 8% of which international.The system directly links eight countries from Sudan to South Africa via Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comores and Mozambique, interconnecting with a number of international cable networks for connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and AsiaEASSy investors, along with others, are continuing to extend the system’s connectivity inland into Africa via terrestrial fibre networks linking coastal and land-locked countries to the cable.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The frequency of Palmer amaranth infestations in Ohio has been holding relatively steady again into this year. We have mostly an isolated field or patch in about 10 counties, with the exception of two small epicenters of Palmer amaranth — far southern Scioto County and an area along the Madison-Fayette County line north of Jeffersonville.Several new infestations of Palmer amaranth in soybeans have been reported over the past several weeks though. It was also found in a first-year hayfield, where cutting and competition from the alfalfa/grass stand will likely keep it under control in coming years. None of these appear to have produced viable seed yet. This is typical based on our Palmer seed collection over the past several years, and it may be due to the early-season control provided by preemergence soybean herbicides. This is a good thing, since it provides a window to remove plants from fields before viable seed are produced.Palmer amaranth in Fayette County.The number one recommendation for managing Palmer amaranth in Ohio is to prevent it from getting established, because it can take over a field faster than any other annual weed we deal with. Taking the time to remove any Palmer plants from fields now will go a long way toward maintaining the profitability of farm operations (same goes for waterhemp really, which is no picnic to manage either). There is information on Palmer amaranth identification on most university websites, including ours:http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/weeds and http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/ . Or Google “Palmer amaranth” and then use the “images” link. The dead giveaway at this time of the year is the long seedheads, and those on female seed-bearing plants are extremely rough to the touch. We recommend the following as we progress from now through crop harvest:▪ Take some time now to scout fields, even if it’s a from the road or field edge with a pair of binoculars. This would be a good time to have a friend with a drone that provides real-time video, or a satellite. Scouting from the road is applicable mostly to soybean fields, since corn will often hide weed infestations.▪ Walk into the field to check out any weeds that could be Palmer amaranth or are otherwise mysterious. If you need help with identification, send photos to us or pull plants and take them to someone who can identify them.▪ Where the presence of Palmer amaranth is confirmed, check to see whether plants have mature seed (the plants with the rough seedheads), by shaking/crushing parts of the seedhead into your hand or other surface that will provide contrast. Mature seed will be small and very dark.▪ Plants without mature seed should be cut off just below the soil surface, and ideally removed from the field and burned or composted. Plants with mature seed should be cut off and bagged and removed from the field, or removed via any other method that prevents seed dispersal through the field.▪ If the Palmer amaranth population is too dense to remove from the field, some decisions need to be made about whether or how to harvest. Harvesting through patches or infested fields will result in further spread throughout the field and also contamination of the combine with Palmer amaranth seed that can then be dispersed in other fields. So consider: 1) not harvesting areas of the field infested with Palmer amaranth, and 2) harvesting the infested field(s) after all other fields have been harvested, and cleaning the combine thoroughly before further use. This also applies to any Palmer amaranth infestations that are discovered while harvesting.▪ Scout field borders and adjacent roadsides, and also CREP/wildlife area seedings, which can be infested due to contaminated seed produced in states where Palmer amaranth is endemic and not considered noxious. Reminder – ODA will test any seed used for these purposes at no charge.Feel free to contact OSU weed science for help with identification or management of Palmer amaranth. Mark Loux – 614-292-9081, [email protected]
Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT View comments