Arnett Gardens FC will face Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection FC in a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship semi-final stage match at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today, starting at 4:30 p.m. Having won Group Four with a maximum nine points last month, the Jerome Waite-coached Arnett will face a stern test against W Connection. Michaelous Martin scored four times in the group stage in the Dominican Republic while Kemal Malcolm found the back of the net three times. When the teams last met in the CFU tournament in 2002, W Connection defeated Arnett in the final. Today’s second semi-final will be between Haiti’s Don Bosco FC and Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC. The final will be played on Sunday, with the winners advancing to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.
4 May 2006A Department of Justice initiative – dubbed Operation Isondlo – to improve South Africa’s maintenance system and bring maintenance defaulters to book is gaining momentum.Interventions so far include clamping down on maintenance defaulters, appointing maintenance investigators, paying out R80-million in unclaimed maintenance money, and educating the public on their rights regarding child support.On Wednesday, the department handed over its biggest maintenance payout yet – R95 400 – to a single beneficiary.The money, handed over to Ms Jane Johnson at the Union Buildings by Justice Minister Bridgette Mabandla, was obtained through an attachment order after a respondent failed to pay maintenance for five years.In February Ms Johnson received information that her former husband, with whom she has a child, had resigned from his job and was about to receive his benefits.He had been defaulting since 2001, the year they divorced.She approached maintenance investigating officer Mbulawa Skosana, who investigated and found that the money had already been deposited into the respondent’s bank account.When Skosana approached the bank to negotiate for the money to be frozen, it emerged that some of the money was invested offshore.An urgent court order was subsequently granted for the nullification of the transaction and an attachment order was put into operation, resulting in the bank issuing a cheque in March.Handing the cheque to Ms Johnson, Mabandla emphasised that Operation Isondlo and child maintenance were not only about money but also about the well-being of the child, stable family life, ubuntu, and the rule of law.“With stable communities where there is less crime,” Mabandla said, adding that the department would like to work with non-governmental and community organisations, priests, elderly people and traditional leaders “to strengthen this campaign for children’s rights.”The minister said that despite its successes, the programme faced a number of challenges, the biggest of which was the huge case backlog. She said her department was looking at ways of addressing this, including hiring more investigators.Receiving the money, Ms Johnson said that she would use some of it to buy winter clothing for her child, and “invest some of the money for education purposes.”Skosana expressed his excitement at being part of the achievement.“I am happy and honoured that I made a contribution to the effort,” he told BuaNews. “It is my personal mission to ensure that every child is being taken care of.”He added that he would work to ensure that by 2014 government social grants only went to “genuine recipients”.“You sometimes find people collecting social grants and maintenance money at the same time, and those who deserve do not receive these grants,” Skosana said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
18 July 2006Auditing and advisory firm KPMG has launched the South African chapter of the KPMG Network of Women (Know), an initiative aimed at increasing the number of skilled professional women in key business areas in the country.Aligning itself closely with the government’s drive to improve the skills of South Africans, Know will seek to increase access to professional skills development for South African women.According to KPMG, Know has spread to 31 states across the US and benefited over 8 500 female executives since its launch in 2002.Speaking at the launch of the local branch in Johannesburg in June, KPMG executive director Tshidi Mokgabudi said KPMG would begin by employing 20 unemployed women graduates for 12 months in project management and information technology services “to ensure adequate exposure, knowledge, experience, exposure and skills development.”Women make up 52% of South Africa’s adult population, yet comprise only 41% of the working population and a mere 4.7% of all executive managerial positions, according to the latest Businesswomen’s Association census.Addressing guests at the launch, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said it was common knowledge that South Africa had a shortage of chartered accountants and project managers.Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads up the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) – challenged the country’s accounting sector “to look at itself and how it has contributed to ensuring that the lives of young people become better in our country.”Asgi-SA has identified SA’s shortage of skilled labour as one of the main constraints to its goal of boosting the country’s economic growth to 6%.“I am on record as saying that the scarcity of skills is a global challenge,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “The financial sector is one of the affected sectors. South Africa has an army of youth who must be trained and absorbed into the mainstream economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On July 18 some of the best Texas Longhorns in the nation will be coming to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.Prizes will be awarded that day. Grand and Res Grand will receive Sterling Silver hunting knives, with engraving on the blade, ribbons for Grand and Res and medallions.Youth will be receiving Chairs for Grand and Res Grand, and special showmanship awards for first place. Friday night at the exhibitor party, we will have special gifts for the youth. Please bring silent action items to put on the auction tables. Over night camping is available.For more information contact Tim Mills at 419-606-6184 from Perrysville, Ohio or Andrew Morris at 740-502-1558 from Malhonding, Ohio.
Better approaches are possibleRefrigeration has a crucial role to play in the world’s supply of food, a third of which is now wasted after harvest, the article said. Cutting food waste by half would be enough to feed 800 million people, but almost all of the money spent on agriculture research is about increasing yields, not making refrigeration more efficient and more available.More research and applied research would help. Better building designs, for example, would reduce cooling loads and cut the need for air conditioning. Toby Peters, visiting professor of power and the cold economy at the University of Birmingham, suggested cheaper off-peak renewable energy could be used to make ice at night and cool buildings the next day. “We store heat,” he said. “Why aren’t we storing cold?”(That’s exactly the approach adopted experimentally in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where thermal energy storage units called “Ice Bears” produce ice at night, and release the cold during the day, according to The Boothbay Register.)Other promising ideas include finding a way to capture the cold used to transport liquified natural gas, currently dumped at sea.“We just need to think about cold differently,” Peters told The Guardian. “Because solving cold, really doing it smarter, would actually do more to help the world meet its climate-change targets than almost anything else I can think of.” The planet’s growing appetite for air conditioning and refrigeration is creating a surge in energy consumption that by mid-century will overtake the amount of power used for heating while making global warming worse, a published report says. In a series of news stories, The Guardian reports that the demand for cooling is going up steeply as a result of rising global temperatures and an expanding middle class that can afford to stay comfortable.By the year 2100, power consumption for cooling is expected to be 33 times what it is now. Already, the U.S., with 4.5% of the world’s population, uses more energy for air conditioning that the rest of the world combined, a related report said. The U.S. (population 318 million) uses more energy for cooling than Africa (with a population of more than 1 billion) uses for everything.“Cold has become a hugely significant — yet almost unsung — part of our energy footprint,” said Nick Winser, who heads a technology and innovation center in the UK. “We know the energy landscape is going to be very different in the near future. We need to see cold’s place in it; start thinking of heat and cold as parts of one integrated system.” Staying cool is a hot business, and full or risksCiting Losing Our Cool, a book by Stan Cox, the report notes the demand for air conditioners is surging everywhere, but particularly in Asia. Chinese shoppers took home 50 million air conditioning units in 2010, and the proportion of Chinese homes with refrigerators went from just 7% in 1995 to 95% in 2007.It’s not just AC units and the kitchen fridge: many medicines must be chilled, and a variety of industries, such as steel, chemicals, and plastics, all rely on some type of refrigeration. Huge data centers that handle internet traffic and cloud computing must be kept refrigerated.Those trucks that haul refrigerated food? “According to a report by the energy consultancy E4tech,” The Guardian reported, “the small diesel-powered fridges on food trailers emit nearly 30 times more harmful particulate matter and six times more nitrogen oxides than the engine that powers the trucks.Mechanical refrigeration needs both electricity and chemical refrigerants with a high global warming potential. Three-quarters of the electricity used for air conditioning and refrigeration is generated by fossil fuels, the report says, and the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that are commonly used are 4,000 times more potent as greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Refrigerant leaks and energy use for cooling already account for about 10% of global CO2 emissions already.Rising temperatures globally are making the problem worse. Parts of the Persian Gulf will be too hot for human habitation by the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current rate, the Associated Press says. The Greenland ice sheet is now one of the biggest chunks of melting ice on the planet, The New York Times says in an article.
Mohali: Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock on Tuesday said the additional responsibility could be a double-edged sword but he is not thinking too much about it. De Kock is one of the senior players in this new-look team and has been handed captaincy in the absence of Faf du Plessis as the management is looking to groom him ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. “Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively,” said the wicket-keeper batsman ahead of the second T20 against India here on Wednesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh IPL regular de Kock, who won the final with Mumbai Indians earlier this year, is pretty familiar with the conditions in India. Asked if he is prepared to play the mentor’s role in the team, like du Plessis and Ab de Villiers played when he burst on to the scene, de Kock said: “I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don’t see it why that would change without them being here. “Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later De Kock said some youngsters could get a longer rope while some may not. “I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can’t really say.” It has effectively become a two-match series with the series opener in Dharamasala being washed out. “It is a bit of a negative,” said de Kock. “We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is.” After the IPL final, de Kock had made an interesting comment, calling the triumph with Mumbai Indies the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same on the subject. “It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far.” Asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he added: “They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play.”