Humboldt B52s look ahead after dropping first series of the 2016 season

first_imgEureka >> Summer baseball is officially in full affect for the semi-pro Humboldt B-52s after winning game one and losing games two and three against the visiting Novato Knicks in a three-game series to open the season. “Obviously it was good to get a win for the first game,” said B-52s board member and pitcher Brian Meyer. “We had a couple of heart-breaking losses for Saturday and Sunday, but overall our team seems to be clicking well and I have a good feeling for how the season is going to …last_img read more

NCS playoff soccer roundup

first_imgEight local prep soccer teams engaged in North Coast Section playoff action on Saturday, and six made it though to the next round. St. Bernard’s earned a spot in the D-III championship while five other squads advanced to D-I semifinal matches.D-1 Boys: Fortuna (20-1-2) 3, O.M.I. (10-4-2-) 1Aaron Mignon had a pair of goals and Fernando Atilano added a third to give Fortuna a 3-1 win over visiting Oakland Military Institute, Saturday evening at Fortuna High. The win sends Fortuna to the …last_img read more

Marshawn Lynch kicks off bucket list tour by driving pace car at NASCAR event

first_img“That’s the … Marshawn Lynch doesn’t seem to miss the NFL much. Or maybe it’s the Raiders he doesn’t miss?Either way, the former Oakland Tech, Cal and Raiders standout found himself at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday. Not only that, Lynch was being interviewed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. shortly before drivers introductions at the South Point 400. And not only that, Lynch was to drive the pace car for the NASCAR event.“I hear this is a bucket list item for you?” Earnhardt said.last_img read more

Women taking SA forward

first_imgEbernezer Hannah Home founder Shirley Merime, left, and Prof Elain Vlok of Clover Mama Afrika – two inspirational women. Before the laundry at Ebenezer was built, all the washing was done by hand in tubs – and that’s for around 140 people. Mama Shirley and Prof Elain Vlok, with Margaret and Miekie, inspect the work going on in the bakery. Mama Shirley models a child’s graduation outfit, created by seamstress Leaza (left). This group of preschoolers is in the capable hands of Teacher Felicity.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette StokesAccount director, Jenni Newman PR+27 11 506 7300 or +27 82 322 5162• Joelle BerryClover Mama Afrika project manager+27 11 471 1431 or +27 71 355 4285RELATED ARTICLES• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Mandela’s best birthday gift ever• Learn and honour the Children’s Act• Nurturing the children• SA’s child rights heroJanine ErasmusThe Ebenezer Hannah Home in Ennerdale, a suburb in the deep south of Greater Johannesburg, is one of the beneficiaries of dairy producer Clover’s empowerment project Mama Afrika. It’s also one of Brand South Africa’s CSI projects, and deservedly so.The home stands on an undeveloped piece of land just off the N1 freeway. It’s instantly visible because it’s painted bright yellow, and it’s surrounded not by other buildings, but dry veld. Ebenezer is run by the deeply devout and committed Shirley Merime, or Mama Shirley as many know her.She started the initiative back in 1995 but says she’s been involved in the caregiving business for almost 30 years.“We look mainly after old and destitute people, and children who are abused, neglected, orphaned or HIV-positive.”Mama Shirley started off by caring for the elderly, with no facilities except for a hospital – today her home comprises a fully equipped bakery that supplies the surrounding communities with a variety of goods and caters for special events, a laundry, a sewing centre that can produce almost anything, a crèche, nursery school, preschool and aftercare, and the old-age home.Ebenezer might be humble in appearance but the premises are spotless – there are piles of building material around, thanks to Mama Shirley’s husband who likes to get stuck in here and there, but there is no litter to be seen anywhere. Everyone who lives there has a role to play, and they carry it out with pride.Before the laundry was built, washing for 140 people was all done in tubs. Now there are industrial washing machines going all day long and a carefully worked out schedule.Since Clover got involved with Ebenezer in 2006, they have helped to establish the bakery, a food garden and a phone shop with five public lines, and facilitated training in cooking, baking, sewing, health information, first aid, administration, basic financial management, art, and computers.Looking after the helplessMama Shirley grew up in an orphanage and is one of those remarkable people who will always put the needs of others before her own.“We have 59 elderly, among whom are a few psychiatric patients as well as blind people, and 66 children that live on the premises,” says Mama Shirley. “The preschool also takes children from the surrounding communities, and we have 30 pupils in aftercare.”The teachers are properly trained, she adds, and are able to meet the needs of the children with regard to physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.“One of the girls who grew up in my orphanage is now the head teacher – many of the people who live here don’t have any other place to go, but Ebenezer has given them a chance to get their self-respect back.”The frail get the best care possible, but there are no freeloaders among the capable. “If you don’t work, you don’t stay here,” Mama Shirley says emphatically. Ray lives in the old-age home – he used to work in a bank but lost everything, and now he helps with the children’s education and homework. Ouma Poppie is 95 and discarded by her family. Like the others, their care includes regular trips to the hospital and on-site basic medical treatment.The bakery is the main income generator. It’s run by Margaret and Miekie, two long-serving members of the home, who have passed their skills on to dozens of people. To keep up with the unceasing demand, there is a night shift. The home also earns an income from the sewing centre and its manager Leaza, who does alterations and produces aprons, children’s and adults’ clothes, and matric dance dresses at a fraction of a boutique’s cost – “but if the kids can’t afford it we allow them to work at the home in exchange for an outfit.”Ebenezer sits in the middle of a number of informal settlements. However, Mama Shirley has no fear of crime – “The people know that we look after them, so they look after us in turn.”Children are the main focus“Kids are the focus of Clover Mama Africa,” says project founder and leader, the energetic Prof Elain Vlok. “Our mamas are all women taking care of children and the elderly – our society’s most vulnerable.”In the nine years since the project’s inception, it has grown from an initial four women and 1 500 children, to 36 women taking care of 14 000 children and 2 500 elderly people – and is driven by a team of just three dedicated women.Vlok is the manager of Clover’s corporate services, but is also a highly qualified academic, holding a BSc in Home Economics as well as a B Library Science, BA Honours in Zulu, BA Honours in Communication, a master’s in Zulu, a master’s in Sociology (Counselling), and a PhD in Communication – all obtained with distinction.She started the award-winning project in 2004 and it’s now Clover’s flagship CSI initiative, with the goal of equipping caregivers with skills that they can use to empower themselves and others.Ukwakha isizwe – building the nationClover Mama Afrika takes the traditional notion of communities looking after each other – which is how it has been for hundreds of years – and builds it into an inspirational project that supports, educates and trains women so that they are better able to care for the people in their charge, and earn a living as well.“You can find a woman like that in every community,” says Vlok. And Clover Mamas hail from Ashbury to Alexandra, Mossel Bay to Muldersdrift, Soweto to Somerset West, and Upington to Umlazi.These are women who have established their caregiving operations over several years, but are now looking to become self-sustainable. Just having a dream is not enough to become a mama, says Vlok – there must be tangible results and evidence of hard work.“That’s how we started the project,” says Vlok, “looking for those special women in communities. We spend a lot of time scouring the country for mamas. We have a huge system where our area managers spread the word that Clover is looking for a mama. They know what we’re looking for and they send out the sales force, who keep their ears to the ground.”Prospective mamas are carefully evaluated, and the team pays a visit to the premises to make sure the applicant meets the requirements.Vlok has made it her business to personally know all the mamas and their individual circumstances – she sees the project as an investment for Clover, and to her it’s more than just handing over a cheque and then letting the project trundle along on its own.“I need to be there to keep an eye on the condition of sewing machines, the cleanliness of ovens, etc.” She is involved in training too, and runs quilting courses.Successful applicants are allowed to choose their own skill path – “We don’t tell our mamas what to do. But it must be something in which they know they can become self-sustainable.”In total around 2 000 individuals have been trained, who in turn have trained 4 000 people in their respective communities.“We are managing 252 self-help projects and of those, 174 are creating an income. Almost 500 people are permanently employed through these projects, but we’re working hard to get that number even higher.”A collaborative successClover works with a number of partners including Bernina, Levi Strauss, Proudly South African, Plascon Paints, Aranda Textiles which supplies blankets, and St John Ambulance Services, which gives first aid courses with a focus on children.“There are 30 blue chip companies involved. We receive a lot of goodwill from our partners, in addition to goods. Some of them have even adopted a mama.”For instance, partners help with basic and advanced cooking and baking courses as well as starter kits of kitchen appliances and bigger items of equipment; bread baking courses where the mama receives a mini gas-powered bakery and ingredients for 100 loaves; sewing courses which impart skills and knowledge to make t-shirts, tracksuits or evening dresses; gardening skills, which enables the mama to start up a community vegetable garden; and hairdressing, of which there are now three successful enterprises and another starting up soon.Clover also provides added value skills such as selling airtime for extra income, beadwork, knitting, pottery, and art. The impact is enormous – on the sewing side, 101 women have been trained in sewing, overlocking and embroidery techniques, and these in turn have trained 640 other people and set up 29 sewing centres, while 93 people at the centres receive a monthly salary. Items are available in the online store, although, Vlok stresses, the mamas are not yet at the stage where they can supply in bulk.An important factor in the success story, says Vlok, is the quality of the training facilitators – only the best are selected. “That mama must not only learn the skills herself, but must go home and transfer them to others, so the last thing we want is a mediocre trainer.”The project is a registered trust that’s independently audited by Ernst & Young – this is important also for the peace of mind of donors.Despite challenges such as the perception among community members that the mamas are wealthy and are being bankrolled by Clover, mamas borrowing land for their enterprise – often to their disadvantage because once the property has been upgraded the owner will move back in and evict the mama – a lack of space, and trained staff getting employment and better pay elsewhere, the project continues to grow.“These challenges merely help us to stay focused and keep on going,” says Vlok. “We believe we are contributing towards a better future generation.”last_img read more

What If Things Go Right?

first_imgYour small lizard brain doesn’t do a great job answering the questions you ask yourself. That little brain is too full of fear. It’s too bent on surviving. It was built for a time when the threats to your existence were very different than the threats you face today.When you ask the question “What if,” your lizard brain rattles off a list of things that can and might go wrong. Your lizard brain doesn’t see the glass as half empty; it sees the glass as half empty and the half that’s full is poison. It never asks or answers the question “What if things go right?” That’s a question that your larger, higher-order brain has to answer.What if you fail? Well, what if you succeed?What if you take the action you fear and succeed beyond anything you imagined?What if you’re wildly successful?What if you ask for what you really need and your dream clients says, “Yes.”What if your dream clients do find tremendous value in what you have to offer?What if they’ve been feeling the way you expected and have been waiting for someone to tell them truth?What if you have the difficult conversation you need to have and you come to a better agreement?What if they love you?What if you try what you’ve feared, love it, and can’t wait to do it again?If you only focus on what might go wrong, you end up paralyzed with fear, too afraid to take action. It’s true that many things can go wrong, and there are a million ways that things can turn out worse than you expected. But it’s more often true that things work out better than expected—when you take action, when you try to make a positive difference, and when you believe.The real threats you face are more likely to be the result of your failure to act, your failure to try. The real threats you face don’t likely threaten your physical existence at all.Instead of focusing on what might go wrong, focus on what might go right.QuestionsDo you focus more on what might go wrong or what might go right?Why is easier to focus on your fear?How do you shift your focus to the positive, to what might go well?last_img read more

Talks with Pakistan won’t change stand on 26/11: Govt

first_imgTaj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in August. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.4 per cent (15.4)— Prince Edward Island 9.3 (9.5)— Nova Scotia 8.4 (8.0)— New Brunswick 8.3 (7.5)— Quebec 5.6 (5.6)— Ontario 5.7 (5.4)— Manitoba 5.8 (6.0)— Saskatchewan 6.7 (6.6)— Alberta 6.7 (6.7)— British Columbia 5.3 (5.0)last_img

20 Medals Now For Michael Phelps Including Another Gold

A London Olympics that started with a whimper for Michael Phelps has been a big bang ever since, including Thursday, when he increased his most medals record to 20 by besting American rival Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley.Lochte said these Games were “my time” after he opened by winning the gold medal in the 400 individual medley. He also said Phelps, who finished fourth in that event, would come back more determined than ever.Lochte was wrong about the first, right about the second.Phelps earned his 16th gold medal by handled the field in a time of 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing. The silver went to Lochte and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.So his final Olympics that looked bleak at the start look golden now. He was not as dominant as he was four years ago in Beijing. But his medal count this year rests at two golds and two silvers in five races – and he still has two more events to go.In fact, as soon as Phelps finished off Lochte, he hopped out of the pool and headed to the nearby diving well to warm down, knowing he still had a semifinal of the 100 butterfly before the night was done.Lochte had gone through the same routine just a few minutes earlier, trying to pull off an impressive double 31 minutes apart. He came up short in both races, fading to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind fellow American Tyler Clary, then touching after Phelps in the medley.Phelps’ reaction wasn’t a water-pounding celebration, just look of relief. He seemed to be soaking it all in, relishing a gold of his own in London with his previous victory coming in the 4×200 freestyle relay.Lochte shook hands with his rival before crawling out of the pool for the last time at these Games. In a symbolic gesture, he tossed his cap and goggles into the crowd, his work done. His final tally: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and a fourth-place finish — impressive, but undoubtedly shy of what he had predicted would be “my time.” read more

Heavy rain in Provo

first_img Related Items:magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 8th 2017 – Providenciales – Due to the heavy rain fall in Providenciales as well as other islands, Environmental Health Director (EHD), Kenrick Neely is advising all residents on the Turks and Caicos islands to take all necessary precautions in eliminating mosquito breathing sites on their properties. The Turks and Caicos Islands have been experiencing continual rainfall over the past weekend and into this week.The director says residents should ensure that all containers used to store water be properly disposed. Also, he is advising persons that any kind oil can be used to treat breathing areas in yards. All boat owners are also strongly advised to turn down their boats and take the plugs out of boats to allow water to drain. Water buckets and drums used to store water should also be properly sealed.  For additional concerns or questions persons can contact the Environmental Health Department at 338 2142-43 and 44. For those on North and Middle Caicos you can contact 946 7235.Story By Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNews #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer openedlast_img read more

Withings Move fitness watch adds fun customization options

first_img “When we announced Withings Move in January, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers excited to have an activity tracker option that allows them to express themselves and showcase their personal style,” said Eric Carreel, Withings’ president, in a release. “We are thrilled to start shipping the watch that brings this combination of fashion and technology to a new level and soon offering even more design and customization options to our customers.”The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, and has a battery life of up to 18 months. The customization isn’t available for the $130 electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) version of the watch, since that isn’t out yet. It’s likely to launch in a range of colors, then add custom options later, the spokesperson said.Withings returned to the ownership of co-founder Carreel last May, following Nokia’s decision to sell off the company.First published April 2 at 5:48 a.m. PT.Updated April 3 at 5:25 a.m. PT: Adds details about US shipping. 1:10 Wearable Tech 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img Withings is letting Europeans customize their Move watches. Withings Withings has added a bunch of customization options for its Move fitness watch, but only on its European store for now.The watch, which the company revealed at CES in January, is available in five standard colors — black and yellow gold, white and coral, white and sea blue, black and mint, and white with black and mint — for $70 and started shipping in the US on Wednesday.European buyers can pay a little more to tweak the dial, case, strap and second hand color to their liking, and they can check out how it’ll look on the local versions of Withings’ site. In the UK, the price jumps from £60 ($78) to £70 ($91) for the custom style.The option will come to the US later this year, the French health technology company said in an emailed statement. Post a comment Tags Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure…last_img read more