AT LEAST I WAS BLESSED

first_imgA ripe chance existed for a classroom spaceA wise woman sold bottled pepper to have feesA hand busy at the spindle to keep us all warmA lesson so early on in life that told me to workA thankful childhood gifted in very little plus loveA house packed with brothers all over the placeA boxing ring rolled out very often to quiet someAt Least ………………. I Was BlessedA school of girls left to be cleaners and cooksA difference was made for me by a role modelA sewing machine was on the table in our homeA pair of knitting needles poked a fluffy lilac yarnA doll baby box kept all the left over fanti fabricsA tabletop oven puffed out succulent cornbreadA taste of how to keep home laced on very earlyAt Least …………….. I Was BlessedA time was known when all was far and failingA place that did not know tomorrow as it is todayA world void of twilights to see through the hazeA circle that ran round round with no signpostsA dove circling the skies peeking down for a spotA dancing orange petal waves to the wind’s gustA girl brown with sunburn hair strides to an easeA people made fine of the hard knocks of povertyA note of hope for all to preserver this livid rageAt Least ……………. I Was BlessedShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1 arrested after robbery under arms at Ithaca

first_imgA man who reportedly carried out a daring robbery on a taxi driver at Ithaca, Berbice is now in Police custody after he was arrested at Number Four Settlement, West Bank Berbice on Sunday.Reports are that the man, in the company of another, pounced on the victim whose car they used to take them to Rosignol, Berbice from Ithaca.The suspects reportedly boarded the car around 19:35h, but shortly after, one of them reportedly requested that the victim stop as he forgot his cell phone.However, when the man stopped, one of the suspects placed a gun to his head and they relieved him of his valuables – his cellphone, a gold ring and his wallet which contained some $12,000 – before making good their escape.The matter was reported and the Police acting on information received went to the Number Four Settlement, where one of the suspects was apprehended.He has since been positively identified by the victim. The other suspect, however, is still being sought by ranks as investigations continue.last_img read more

Tottenham confident they can land Aston Villa midfielder for £20m – reports

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tottenham chief Daniel Levy remains confident he can get Jack Grealish for £20m despite Aston Villa’s recent takeover, according to reports.Spurs have been heavily-linked with the 22-year-old since the beginning of the summer window. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Grealish helped Villa to the play-off final last season 1 LATEST It is understood Levy was delaying any potential bid in order to exploit Villa’s troubling financial situation under Dr Tony Xia.However, Villa have since been rescued from the brink of administration by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.The club still face pressure from Financial Fair Play rules and MirrorSport have reported that Levy expects to pay no more than £20m for Grealish.The highly-rated winger, who has pledged his international allegiance to England over Ireland, reportedly told friends he is tempted by the chance to play alongside Harry Kane and Dele Alli, as it would boost his international prospects.last_img read more

AVC’s Masei feels better on the court

first_imgLANCASTER – Former Desert High girls’ basketball sensation Juliet Masei wasn’t sure she’d play this year after suffering a torn ACL in a High Desert League game against rival Mojave earlier this year. Masei enrolled at Antelope Valley College a week before the start of the school year after several collegiate suitors, including Cal State Bakersfield, backed away from offers. She didn’t receive medical clearance until Oct. 19, a week after AVC held its first official practice and about three weeks before its first game. Masei had what she considered a breakthrough game in Sunday’s 75-49 loss to San Joaquin Delta of Stockton at the College of Sequoias tournament in Visalia, scoring a team-high 14 points against the state’s second-ranked team. AVC coach John Taylor said Masei looks to be at about 70 percent, but he was quite pleased with her production, noting that she showed the outside shooting touch and ability to drive hard to the basket that wowed him and other coaches who scouted her at Desert. “Considering we got drilled, that was one of the highlights for me,” Taylor said. “She showed that she has the potential to be a great player.” Health concerns: Longtime men’s basketball coach Newton Chelette will undergo an angioplasty Saturday, a nonsurgical procedure to repair arterial blockage. The procedure will be performed at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. Chelette had an angioplasty performed in June 2004, when had a stent implanted to relieve arterial blockage. He learned Tuesday he would need to undergo the procedure again after visiting a doctor with complaints of chest pain earlier in the week. Chelette said neither the cause nor the severity of the arterial blockage was immediately known, but about a third of angioplasty patients require a repeat procedure because of blockage caused by what doctors believe to be an auto-immune response to injury caused by the procedure. He expects to rejoin the team for Monday’s practice. “I don’t know if that’s what my doctors are expecting, but that’s what I’m expecting,” he said. Moral victory: Chelette strongly prefers actual victories to moral victories. Nevertheless, he considers the team’s strong showing in a 65-58 loss against Diablo Valley of Pleasant Hill, which is ranked ninth in the state, in a third-place game of the AVC tournament, to be an improvement – one day after AVC committed 33 turnovers in a 76-73 semifinal loss to Moorpark. AVC was led by all-tournament selection Deonte Huff (Lancaster High), a sophomore guard who was a nominee for the state’s Player of the Month for November. “They had every chance to give up and surrender,” Chelette said. “When you lose to No. 9 by seven after that gut-wrenching loss to Moorpark, you have to feel proud of what they did.” Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals She scored 18 points in a 109-23 romp Nov. 11 over L.A. Harbor in an effort she considered less meaningful. “Of course, I’m upset that we lost (to San Joaquin Delta), but it felt good to play one of my best games since high school,” Masei said. Masei averaged 26.4 points and 5.6 rebounds her senior year, leading the Scorpions to a share of their first league title in school history. “It’s a tough transition from high school to college, and I thought getting injured set me back in that transition,” she said. “I was questioning whether I’d be able to make that transition, but I felt like I played well against their starters, and that gave me a lot of confidence.” Masei hasn’t fully recovered from a spectacular vertical leap that had her fingertips within inches of the rim. last_img read more

CPA set to be launched to give club players a voice

first_imgA new Club Players Association is set to be launched in order to give club players a voice amidst growing unrest among club players all over Ireland.The issue of player welfare raised its head in Donegal again this weekend following Burt’s historic Intermediate championship win on Saturday.Burt were forced to play their first-round clash in the Ulster IFC on Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after landing the Donegal Intermediate crown after earning an extra-time win against Milford. That sparked massive anger and dismay amongst the GAA fraternity not only in Donegal, but also nationally, but unfortunately this type of incident is not an isolated incident.Now, the time for talking has stopped, as it seems nobody is listening to GAA club players.Club players believe the only way they can improve the club situation is to set up their own organisation, and it seems the CPA (Club Players Association) will be launched in the next three weeks.Former Monaghan selector Declan Brennan – who managed Clontibret to four county SFC successes – is one of the driving forces behind the new body and says he is acting out of concern for the welfare of club players. The aim of the new body is to give a voice to club players in the same way that the GPA represents the interests of county footballers and hurlers.“I think what most players – and remember intercounty players are club players too – want is a proper closed season where they can get the proper rest and plan their lives better,” he tells The Irish Independent.“There’s no doubt, players want to see the intercounty season condensed. I don’t have a mandate to speak on anyone’s behalf and I’m just trying to get this up and running.“But it will happen. We’re not looking for something like the Gaelic Players Association. We’re not looking for money from the GAA. We’re not trying to build anything for the future. The GPA has done great work but has become immersed in the GAA now.“We just want to pull people together, gather views and make those views strongly known. It’s not a long-term thing. Something has to happen within months.” CPA set to be launched to give club players a voice was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Coffee morning today at RCC for Syrian families

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are having a coffee morning in the Regional Cultural Centre today to help provide ‘Welcome Packs’ for families from Syria who will make Letterkenny and Ballybofey their new home.The Transition Year students would like everyone to enjoy a free coffee and, if possible, bring along a donation for the ‘Welcome Packs’.Spokesperson for the Young Social Innovators group, Liena Yousif, said: “The packs are to make the families feel welcome and to show that the people of Donegal care. “Our group, F.R.E. E. (For Refugees Entering Éire),have been working on this for a while and we’ve had a great response already.“Our ‘Welcome Packs’ will include gifts for the home and a board game translated to Arabic from our colleagues in the mini company Hotspots.”The students are also hoping to include a bus tour of Donegal for the Syrian families as well as holding a Culture Week.Donations for the Welcome Packs must be in New or Nearly New/Excellent condition. They would like: cuddly toys, candles, money, framed artwork, and any other gifts for the home.The Coffee Morning takes place today, March 16th, at the Regional Culture Centre from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Coffee morning today at RCC for Syrian families was last modified: March 15th, 2018 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Fulham v Hull line-ups: McCormack missing, three Whites changes, same again for Tigers

first_imgLeading scorer Ross McCormack misses Fulham’s home game with Hull City, one of three changes made by boss Slavisa Jokanovic.McCormack, who has been the subject of a bid from league leaders Middlesbrough, is ill, with Moussa Dembele starting up front on his own.Shaun Hutchinson and Emerson Hyndman drop to the bench, replaced by Tim Ream and Scott Parker.Hull, in second place, are unchanged from the side that thrashed Charlton 6-0 last weekend.Former Brentford defender Moses Odubajo starts at right-back.Fulham: Lonergan; Richards, Burn, Ream, Garbutt; Cairney, Christensen, O’Hara, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dembele. Subs: Lewis, Hutchinson, Stearman, Fredericks, Hyndman, Williams, Smith.Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Maguire, Davies, Robertson; Snodgrass, Livermore, Hayden, Clucas; Diame; Hernandez. Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Taylor, Huddlestone, Maloney, Aluko, Elmohamady.See also:Boro offer Fulham £8m and Kike for McCormackFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 gets a new-look logo

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan has a new brand identity and logo designed to inspire all citizens to work towards the vision of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by the year 2030.The new look for the country’s blueprint for a more prosperous future was launched by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in Pretoria on Sunday.At the launch, Radebe called on South Africans to play their part in reaching the goals of the NDP by taking part in the new brand identity’s roll-out campaigns.“As South Africans, let us use this NDP brand identity to build a truly democratic, united, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa,” he said.The NDP, adopted in 2012, is the product of hundreds of interactions with South Africans, input from tens of thousands of people, extensive research and robust debate throughout the country.It is a plan to unite South Africans, unleash the energies of its citizens, grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, and enhance the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.Radebe said the new NDP communication strategy will be rolled out in phases to showcase how the NDP – popularly known as Vision 2030 – can change people’s lives.Watch:He said different sectors of society – artists, business, labour, people living in rural areas, the media and more – have a role to play to ensure the goals of the NDP are met by 2030.“We welcome existing initiatives by people who are playing their part,” he said. “The Eziko Production Group, for example, has developed an edu-play on the NDP and its key critical areas. This edu-play is exemplary of a socially cohesive society that strives for a common national identity.“There are also young entrepreneurs from Cape Town who have developed a business idea called Eza Sekasi Fridays. This demonstrates the creation of decent employment in the townships to champion the NDP.“This initiative is a stimulus for the statement made by young people, who adopted the National Youth Policy and declared that they do not want a hand-out – but a hand up,” Radebe said.He said he realised the NDP was alive when, during Youth Month in June, a young man from Mthatha told him about his success story of forming a vegetable growers’ association to ensure food security, economic viability and creation of jobs in his community.“Government welcomes the partnership with business and labour to rally around the NDP in ensuring that there is a collective effort in workplace conflict reduction and improved cooperation between government, organised business and organised labour,” Radebe said.He thanked business and labour for having thrown their weight behind the NDP and for partnering with the government to ensure that they work towards the targets identified in the plan.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

EPA worker protection rule takes effect, despite petition by AFBF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Environmental Protection Agency has moved ahead with the Jan. 1 start date of its worker protection safety (WPS) rule, despite a request for a delay from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.According to the joint petition from AFBF and NASDA to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the WPS rule was issued in violation of federal law.The proposal, Farm Bureau and NASDA told McCarthy on Dec. 21, “fails to advance the purpose of furthering the safety of farmworkers.” The rule’s rapidly approaching implementation also posed “a serious problem for administration of the rule’s requirements” by state departments of agriculture as well as farmers and ranchers who must comply with its terms.The petition from AFBF and NASDA claimed EPA did not meet the law’s requirements when it failed to provide congressional agriculture committees a final copy of the regulations along with the copy sent to the agriculture secretary. The EPA has acknowledged that omission in responses to questions from Congress.“EPA’s failure to meet its statutory obligations deprived Congress of its lawful expectation of examining the regulation before its promulgation,” the petition states.The groups also claimed that the rule’s “designated representative” provision exceeds the scope of the WPS rule by depriving farmers of reasonable expectation of privacy for confidential business information. The groups said that the rule subjects farmers to potential harassment and public criticisms for lawful use of EPA-approved pesticides. In spite of the groups identifying problems related to equity and implementation of the WPS rule, EPA has not addressed the problems.The petition also asserted that the EPA has failed to finalize and deliver to state lead agencies the enforcement guidance, educational material and training resources needed to effectively implement the rule and assist farmers and ranchers with compliance efforts.“At this time, even if all of the compliance and enforcement materials were completed and distributed to all the appropriate state enforcement agencies, there is simply not enough time for the (state lead agencies) and the regulated community to successfully implement the provisions scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2017,” the petition stated. “In short, EPA has failed to develop and deliver the necessary resources for states to train the regulated community on the new requirements, and the agency has failed to comply with its own WPS Implementation Timeline.”last_img read more

Scaling Up a Model for Affordable Housing

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESHousing Lab Moves ‘From Project to Product’Low-Income Housing: Problems and SolutionsThe Uneven Burden of Energy CostsSolving Energy Poverty Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy-Efficient and Affordable?An Off-Grid Affordable Housing ProjectThe Global Boom to Come in New HousingWhat Does ‘Sustainable’ Mean?3-D Printing Could Help Solve a Housing Crisis An architectural program at Auburn University that developed a model for building affordable housing is hoping to share what its students and faculty have learned on a national level in a collaboration with the government-backed mortgage lender Fannie Mae.Rural Studio, an undergraduate program in the university’s School of Architecture, began building small, simple houses for low income people in rural western Alabama in 2005. They called the houses “20K Homes” because they were designed to be built for $20,000 in as little as three weeks.“We looked at the omnipresent American trailer park, where homes, counterintuitively, depreciate each year they are occupied,” the authors of a book about the program wrote in 2014. “We wanted to create an attractive small house that would appreciate in value while accommodating residents who are unable to qualify for credit.”Until now, Rural Studio’s work has been in rural western Alabama, centered around its home base in Hale County. But a new partnership with Fannie Mae and a cash infusion of $1.25 million from Auburn University is promising to deliver its message to a national audience. Fannie Mae is working with Rural Studio in a three-year effort to address a national shortage of affordable housing under its Duty to Serve program that benefits under-served housing markets, Fast Company reports. As part of the new initiative, Rural Studio is working with a number of building industry partners around the country, spanning the design, construction and finance industries. The studio will share its designs and experience in hopes others can develop their own, equally successful programs, not necessarily clones of what it has done in Alabama.A comfortable house for $20,000Rural Studio arrived at the $20,000 target by determining what someone living on a median Social Security check of $758 a month could afford. Hypothetically, the total included $12,000 for materials and $8,000 for labor. A contractor building 16 of these houses per year could earn $61,000, while three workers would make $22,000, much more than they would at minimum wage.The first 20K Home was built in 2005. Many of the houses are built on piers, not full foundations, and while architectural styles have changed over the years the basic formula has evolved into practical one- and two-bedroom designs that include porches where people can relax, and high ceilings to make the small spaces seem spacious.Rural Studio was launched in 1993 and encompasses more than the 20K Home initiative. In a phone call, Rusty Smith, its associate director, said students have designed and built more than 200 structures over the last quarter-century — not only houses, but animal shelters, libraries, town halls, and buildings for parks and recreation programs.But the 20K Home program has become the face of Rural Studio. The houses are considered “academic experiments” and given away to people who need them.Students design and build a couple of new houses each year and so far have produced about 30 of them since the program began. If the original target was $20,000 in total costs, Smith admits that 13 years later that’s really not possible. The cost of materials alone has probably doubled since then.Spreading the wordRural Studio’s work with Fannie Mae is bringing the program into contact with a variety of players in the housing industry, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Building Sciences, Habitat for Humanity, the Healthy Building Network, and the Insurance Institute for Business & and Home Safety.The goal is to produce a model for affordable housing that can be adapted to different markets in different parts of the country. “We’re in a test and learn phase with Fannie Mae,” Smith said.One thing Rural Studio brings to the table is its experience with small, inexpensive homes that come in well below Habitat for Humanity’s typical build. Smith says that Habitat’s typical house is now in the $100,000 to $200,000 range and may have as many as four bedrooms, while the Rural Studio model tends toward the one- or two-bedroom, one-bath model of less than 1,000 square feet.At the end of the three-year collaboration with Fannie Mae, Smith said the result should be a comprehensive set of documents that organizations around the country can use to produce affordable homes in their own service areas. The documentation will include much more than construction drawings that can be turned over to builders or non profits.“Traditional architectural communication documents show a contractor what to build,” Smith said, “but they don’t necessarily show how to build it, or why it’s built that way. In some ways, that’s a significant barrier to affordability and performance.”More complicated than it seemedAs the 20K Home program evolved, Smith said, it became obvious there are many obstacles to building houses that poor people can afford, and that to focus on the initial cost of construction is to see only part of the picture.“There’s that old saying, whenever you have a hammer in your hand everything in the world is a nail,” Smith said. “When you’re an architect, you think every solution in the world is just how you design a building. A lot of issues about affordable housing can be addressed by architects. But by and large, there are broad-based, systemic barriers to affordable home ownership that are really not brick and mortar problems.”Those include issues of credit, zoning, communication, energy costs, insurance, and maintenance. “It’s a pretty complex issue,” he said.One of the most important benchmarks, however, is the monthly cost of living in the house. Lower monthly energy costs mean homeowners can spend more on the house upfront without inflating their mortgage payments. Reducing energy costs by just $25 a month translates into an extra $5,000 for construction, Smith said, while making the house a better risk for the mortgage lender.Rural Studio is working with Habitat for Humanity on a new house in Alabama built to the Passive House standard. Energy bills will add up to an estimated $20 to $35 per month, rather than the $125 to $135 that a built-to-code house would cost the owner. Just down the street, they plan a similar house that will be built to the zero-energy ready performance standard of the U.S. Department of Energy. Designers will be able to compare first costs vs. the costs to the homeowners on the back end.Smith emphasizes the interconnected nature of the issues that Rural Studio and its partners are trying to address. For example, building to the Fortified Home standard of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety means lower insurance payments and higher value, an advantage for both the homeowner and the lender. Building houses that are healthier to live in may reduce unexpected medical expenses that can unravel a family’s monthly budget and make“The cost of the house is a great question, but when you drill through that question what we are really trying to find out is how much that costs per month,” Smith said. “What we’ve really come to understand is what a homeowner can afford on the back end. That’s what we’ve got to tackle.”last_img read more