Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain

first_imgAfter years of tournament failures and steadily dwindling expectations, England‘s surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals infused the country’s long-suffering fans with optimism.A visit by Spain to Wembley in the Nations League on Saturday will provide an early test of the depth of the feelgood factor emanating from Gareth Southgate’s young squad.Victory against a country still smarting from a chaotic World Cup campaign which ended in a last-16 exit at the hands of hosts Russia in July would offer further proof that Southgate’s quiet revolution remains in full swing.A third consecutive defeat, however, would provide ammunition to the naysayers who insistEngland still get found out when faced with top-class opposition.For all the euphoria about their run in Russia, Southgate’s side lost to Belgium twice and Croatia once and only squeezed past Colombia on penalties.To his credit, even when leading England to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, Southgate resisted the urge to start shouting from the rooftops, insisting his side were merely establishing solid foundations for future success.In keeper Jordan Pickford, centre back Harry Maguire and right back Kieran Tripper — three players elevated from fringes to the centre stage during the Russian campaign — Englandcertainly have a freshness that has long been lacking.For once, the pause in the Premier League programme for the early-season international break is not being greeted with sighs but with genuine curiosity.With Euro 2020 on the horizon, Southgate will be anxious to maintain momentum and the fact the 26th meeting between England and Spain takes place in UEFA’s new-fangled Nations League means the fixture, rather than simply a high-profile friendly, is assured a competitive edge.It would be a surprise if his starting 11 did not closely resemble the team that began against Croatia.“We only have 20 matches between now and the European Championships so we don’t want to waste time looking at new things but to embed principles that are going to be with us over a period of time,” he said.While Southgate’s blueprint is already established, Spain are in a state of flux as former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique takes charge of the national team for the first time.They arrived at the World Cup as many people’s favourites but, after sacking coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament and putting Fernando Hierro in temporary charge, their challenge spluttered before fizzling out in the last 16.Enrique is likely to take Spain in a different direction, away from the tiki-taka possession football that made them almost unbeatable between 2008 and 2012 but had begun to look a little stale and predictable.He will have to make do without stalwarts Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique, all of whom have retired from international football, while others such as Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas have been left out of Enrique’s first squad.Their absences means chances for the likes of Atletico Madrid midfield duo midfielder Saul and Rodri and Real Madrid attacking midfielder Marco Asensio to stake their claims as Spain begin the task of rebuilding their reputation.last_img read more

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Kenya to participate in Golf World Amateur Championships

first_img0Shares0000 Mathew Wahome in a past golf tournament.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, May 6 – Kenya has confirmed participation for the 2016 World Amateur Team Championships Eisenhower Trophy that will be held in Cancun, Mexico on September 21-24, 2016. The courses of El Camaleón Golf Club at the Fairmont Mayakoba and the Grand Coral Riviera Maya Resort will be used for the championship.The championship features the world’s leading amateur’s players and is played over 72 holes of stroke play. Each country is represented by a team of four players.  Two rounds will be played on each course with the two lowest scores to count in each round. The team with the lowest combined score wins the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy.In preparation for this among other international tournaments coming up in the year, KGU held a qualifier tournament involving Golfer of the Year (GOTY) top order of merit players and top amateurs from all the clubs in the country.The top 12 players qualified to join the training camp and the coach will pick three wild card call ups to fill up a strong 15 member national team squad to undergo vigorous training .This is aimed at taking Kenya back to being the dominant top golf country in Africa. The squad will undergo a three-month training session starting next week under KGU golf development officer, Brian Njoroge who will train and mentor the squad. The best three players to represent Kenya in this prestigious championship will be named after the camp.After the selection of the squad KGU chairman Anthony Muhoro said: “The intent of the selection criteria is to provide our players a series of participation, ranking and performance benchmarks”.“For players who have goals to have success on the international stage at the amateur or professional level we feel these benchmarks are appropriate goals to achieve so they are best prepared to have success at the international amateur or professional level. These criteria have been reviewed to remain as current as possible, reflecting the performance of today’s competitive international environment,” the chairman mentioned.This championship will be hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation (FMG) through the umbrella of International Golf Federation. This is the 30th edition of this men’s championship.– About Eisenhower Event –The championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours.The championships are two international team golf events competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy (women’s competition since 1964) and the Eisenhower Trophy (men’s competition since 1958), named after the then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.The competition is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. The IGF was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of golf and to employ the game as a vehicle to foster friendship and sportsmanship among the peoples of the world.The IGF serves as the International Olympic Committee’s recognized International Federation for golf. Among the notable past players are Tiger Woods (USA) ’94,Sergio Garcia (ESP) ’96, ’98,Trevor Immelman (RSA) ’98 Ricky Barnes (USA) ’02, Eduardo Molinari (ITA) ’04, Francesco Molinari (ITA) ’04,Martin Kaymer (GER) ’04, Rory McIlroy (IRE) ’06, Rickie Fowler (USA) ’08.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wenger challenges Arsenal flops

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, March 24 – Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal flops to make amends for one of the most humiliating defeats of his career when they face Swansea on Tuesday.Wenger’s side suffered an embarrassing 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday that brutally exposed their claims to be genuine contenders for the Premier League title. The Gunners boss had hoped to celebrate his 1,000 match in charge of Arsenal with a first victory over Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in a fixture with major implications for the title race.But instead a day that had the potential to be one of the more memorable of Wenger’s illustrious career ended in a statistical nightmare as Arsenal slumped to their biggest ever defeat against Chelsea and one of the heaviest losses of the Frenchman’s nearly 18-year reign in north London.Chelsea demolished Arsenal’s fragile defence with three goals inside the first 17 minutes, after which the visitors played with 10 men after the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs in a case of mistaken identity by referee Andre Marriner, who confused the Arsenal left-back with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following the midfielder’s handball on the goal-line.Arsenal are now languishing in fourth place, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, and with their morale at a low ebb after a result that Wenger conceded was one of the worst moments of his managerial career.But Wenger believes the north London team can erase the bitter taste of that loss on Tuesday when they play their game in hand on Chelsea against Swansea at the Emirates Stadium.“What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it. I don’t believe it is the time to talk too much about what went wrong,” Wenger said.“The players are deeply disappointed as we all are, but now I think let us prepare for the next game.“We can win the next game, so that is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response.“We are in a situation now where after such a disappointment that the next game becomes vital.”After losing 5-1 at Liverpool, 6-3 at Manchester City and 6-0 at Chelsea this term, there is a growing belief Arsenal are pretenders rather than serious contenders for the title.Yet, despite the capitulation at the Bridge, a victory against Garry Monk’s Swansea would close the gap to four points and give Wenger’s men a much-needed morale boost as they try to convince themselves they can overhaul Chelsea.Arsenal are set to appeal against Gibbs’ red card, with Marriner having already apologised for his mistake and it seems likely Oxlade-Chamberlain will be the one suspended against Swansea.“The referee made a mistake because he missed the identity of the player, he has not seen what happened at all,” Wenger said.“Maybe it was a penalty, but it was not Gibbs.”Meanwhile, Swansea have worries near the foot of the table as they have not won since Monk’s first match in interim charge in early February after the dismissal of Michael Laudrup.The south Wales club have picked up just five points from six games to leave them just four points above the relegation zone.And defender Ben Davies accepts they have a hugely significant few days ahead days ahead as they face Arsenal before hosting fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday.“It is a massive week for us and we definitely need something out of the next two games,” he said.“We cannot afford to let our confidence slip and get into negative ways with everyone feeling sorry for themselves because then we don’t have any chance of winning games.“We’ve got to take it into our own hands.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Train hits, kills person on bridge

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A Union Pacific freight train struck a person on a railroad bridge crossing the San Gabriel River on Saturday, tossing the body into the dry riverbed below. Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said the incident took place around 6 p.m. on the railroad suspension bridge between Beverly and Whittier boulevards that crosses the San Gabriel River. He said it was not immediately known if the victim was male or female. Cavanaugh said the train’s conductor immediately realized he had struck something and stopped the train and notified the railroad police, who in turn notified the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. Cavanaugh said the bridge is in an isolated area and is for trains only and the death will likely be ruled accidental. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Lancaster gets recycled water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2City officials said such a network could meet the needs of an increasing population, reduce overdrafting of the region’s groundwater, and ease the burden on the sanitation district. Engineered Plumbing Inc. was awarded the contract in a vote last week by the City Council. Construction is anticipated to begin in August and be completed by January. The work will include providing storage and pumping facilities at Division Street and Avenue H-8. The initial use for the recycled water will be a baseball complex being established at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds property at Division Street and Avenue I. City officials are in talks with other potential users, including the Lancaster landfill owner, Antelope Valley Union High School District officials and Lancaster Cemetery officials. The city will be reimbursed for up to $3.4 million of the project cost by Los Angeles County. City officials originally had planned for a 16-inch diameter pipeline, but went with the bigger pipe at the request of county officials, who envision other places to use the water. The recycled water will come from the Los Angeles County sanitation district plant that serves Lancaster. Up to 500,000 gallons will come from a small treatment plant that provides water to the lakes at Apollo Park. Up to 1 million gallons will come from a new treatment project being constructed by the sanitation district. A permit for that project will come before state water regulators for approval in September, said Charles Boehmke, head of the district’ planning department. The city is looking at the idea of creating an enterprise fund in which the users of the water would pay the costs of creating and operating a citywide network. After the Division Street pipeline, the master plan calls for a second phase expanding the initial system by running a pipeline to the city’s 160-acre soccer complex on the eastside. The pipeline would run south on Division to Avenue K and then east to 30th Street East. A third phase would run a pipeline west along Avenue K to 70th Street West and a north-south pipeline from the Lancaster sewage treatment plant to Avenue K. A third pipe would run along 40th Street West between avenues K and M. A fourth phase would run a pipe along Avenue H between 30th and 90th streets east. County sanitation district officials are upgrading and expanding their Lancaster operations. Until 2009, when the upgrades to the treatment plant will be completed, the city will receive recycled water for free. The city is negotiating with the sanitation district for the purchase of water after 2009. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Construction is expected to begin next month on a $5.1 million pipeline that will carry water purified from Lancaster’s sewage to irrigate park ball fields and other city landscaping. The 24-inch diameter pipeline will connect to a sewage treatment plant pipeline under Avenue E and runs 4.5 miles down Division Street to Lancaster Boulevard. “In the short term, it will handle 1.5 million gallons a day,” said Steve Dassler, assistant public works director. The project could ultimately be the first phase of a $110 million citywide water recycling network. A master plan for water recycling prepared by RMC Water and Environmental shows a citywide system capable by 2012 of handling 6,000 acre-feet a year, roughly the amount used by 6,000 households. last_img read more

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Reaction:’ We could have nicked something’ says Ollie Horgan

first_imgOllie Horgan felt that Finn Harps could have ‘scraped a draw’ from tonight’s game against Cork City, but he had few complaints.BY CHRIS MCNULTY AT FINN PARKSean Maguire’s goal, in the 45th minute, was the night’s sole arbitrator as Harps fell to a narrow loss. Cork were reduced to ten men in the 75th minute – five minutes after Harps gave a first run-out to Paddy McCourt – but the Rebels held on.Picture caption: Jonny Bonner in the thick of the action for Finn Harps against Cork City. Picture by Northwest News Pix“I thought Cork shaded it,” Horgan said.“It was a scrappy game, but they had the better of the chances. It was disappointing. “When Garry Buckley got sent off, it evened it up a bit and we got possession that we didn’t get up to then. They’re a decent side; it was a battle and they got out on the right side of it.“We probably didn’t create enough to merit getting anything. We could have nicked something from a set piece.Cork came and battled. They can play, without a shadow of a doubt, but they came tonight and battled as well. Cork deserved to win.”LISTEN HERE TO OLLIE HORGAN’S INTERVIEW Reaction:’ We could have nicked something’ says Ollie Horgan was last modified: February 24th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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The Ultimate Guide to the Holidays at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

first_imgTree of Life Awakenings – Holiday EditionAs the sun sets over Disney’s Animal Kingdom, get ready for an awakening. The Tree of Life Awakenings show happens about every 15 minutes once the sun has set. This show uses brilliant projection mapping technology. The crisp colors are stunning and during the holiday season you can watch as some of the animals from the Merry Menagerie frolic on the Tree of Life. Other little holiday stories are told in this show throughout the evening.Holiday Decorations in HarambeIn years past Harambe, the East African Village represented at Animal Kingdom, has had some decorations. This year a few Christmas trees with bright lights made of various recycled material, including bicycle wheels, can be found in between Kilimanjaro Safaris and Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Other decorations can be found around and near Harambe Market, and near Tamu Tamu Refreshments.Christmas trees at Harambe VillageCelebrating DiwaliIn Anandapur, Animal Kingdom’s representation of Asia, you can get a taste of Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India. Special lanterns hang overheard and fill the night sky with bright color. A special dance show highlights some of the many ways this festival is celebrated with family and friends. The Bollywood Beats show takes place throughout the day, usually 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.Celebrate Diwali – Festival of Lights at Animal KingdomA Touch of the Holidays at Pandora: World of AvatarSince Pandora: World of Avatar is inhabited in part by expatriated humans, the residents have decorated one of the refreshment outposts with traditional holiday decorations. This mashup of traditional decorations in an other worldly setting is quite unique. The Pongu Pongu refreshment stand has decorations throughout so be sure to take a few moments to look around to catch it all, including a few menorahs and a Na’vi nutcracker.The holidays arrive on Pandora – World of AvatarHoliday Decorations and Character Meet and Greets at DinoLand U.S.A.Dinoland U.S.A. has long been one of the tackiest and cheesiest theme park lands, and with the recent Donald’s DinoLand Bash addition it is even moreso. Now with the holidays in full effect, this land has lights and decorations almost everywhere. They are bright, holly jolly, and tacky. The character meet and greets each have their own wonderful decorations. I highly recommend venturing up The Cretaceous Trail for an adorable Daisy Duck meet and greet, and Chip and Dale meet and greet. Don’t forget to find the “Reindeer-Osaurus”. DinoLand U.S.A. has two of the most popular treats this year. The Peppermint Bark Churro at Dino Diner is a mashup of warm cinnamon sugar, crispy and chewy churro, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy. A little pricey for a churro at $6.19. Instead, go for the hit of the holiday snacks, the Double-Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich. Two chocolate cookies sandwich a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and then rolled in crushed peppermint candy and dipped in a red and white striped white chocolate. This is the best holiday treat at the park, though quite messy, and not a bad overall value at $6.99. It can be found at Dino-Bites Snacks on the main pathway in DinoLand U.S.A.Holiday Merchandise at Disney’s Animal KingdomYou can find practically all of the standard holiday merchandise found throughout Walt Disney World at Island Mercantile and Discovery Trading Company. There are two pieces of park exclusive holiday merchandise at Island Mercantile. First, a wood ornament which features the lovely animal snowflake motif and is dated 2019. At $19.99 it is a smidge too high priced for me, but I do love the motif. There is also a long sleeve, wine colored shirt with a gold foil animal snowflake print with Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2019 for $34.99. It was hard for me to resist these two items since I love the new holiday offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom so much. Tips and InformationGoing to Animal Kingdom an hour before dusk is a great way to enjoy all the holiday offerings in the park. Lots of guests head out around that time and it is still daylight to catch some of the animal experiences. Then as the sun sets and the holiday lights come on you can enjoy the festive spirit.Disney’s PhotoPass service has a beautiful digital frame you can add to your PhotoPass photos in the My Disney Experience app. It features the Tree of Life and the animals of the Merry Menagerie. I suggest getting a photo in one of the Tree of Life PhotoPass locations so you can make the best use of the beautiful frame.Take your time and interact with the puppets and puppeteers of the Merry Menagerie, there are some magical moments to enjoy here. Holiday Snacks at Disney’s Animal KingdomAdmittedly, when compared to the other theme parks, the holiday food and beverage offerings at Animal Kingdom are extremely disappointing. At Satu’li Canteen in Pandora you can indulge in the Pumpkin Cheesecake for $5.49. Nearly every ice cream cart offers the packaged Lion Paw Print cookie, and for the holidays it has a red and green makeover. It is essentially a thick and sweet sugar cookie for $3.50. At the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck near Expedition Everest enjoy a frosty Peppermint Soft Serve Ice Cream with peppermint sprinkles for $4.99. This ice cream cone is a decent value and is one of the better treats available. For the Disney standard holiday cupcakes, cookies, and specialty apples visit Zuri’s Sweet Shop in Harambe.center_img Share This!Now that the holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World, it’s time to explore its wildest theme park. Disney’s Animal Kingdom hasn’t always been the most merry. But this year it is packed with festive holiday fun. You should not overlook this park if you’re looking for holiday cheer. Here’s everything you need to know about the holidays at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Disney’s Animal Kingdom Christmas TreeThis year Disney’s Animal Kingdom has holiday decorations in every single land. But what is interesting is that it is the only Disney theme park whose Christmas tree isn’t inside its gate. The towering Christmas tree at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located at the front entrance, in front of the ticket windows. Decorations made of telephone wire in African villages and other handmade ornaments dress this tree. At night it sparkles with warm white, bronze, and gold lights. At the base of the tree are Disney characters, gift packages, and a train set that is a tribute to the park’s train ride at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, the Eastern Star Railway.Christmas Tree at Disney’s Animal KingdomNew Holiday Motif at Disney’s Animal KingdomAs you pull into the parking plaza or walk into the front entrance, take notice of the new banners with the Disney’s Animal Kingdom logo and a new snowflake motif. The snowflakes are composed of animal silhouettes. This new motif is beautiful and creates a touch of sophistication but is also playful with the incorporation of the animal silhouettes. This motif is carried throughout the front entrance and connects with the new decorations at Discovery Island.New animal snowflake motif at Disney’s Animal KingdomHoliday Decorations at Discovery IslandThe park’s hub is Discovery Island. Here the Tree of Life stands proud and branches out. The spirit of this land is “viva gaia” evoking a celebration of life itself. Colorful island-style buildings flank the open courtyard. During the holidays in the past these buildings have received a respectful amount of holiday decorations, but now the holiday cheer is even greater. The decorations have been enhanced and there are wintry luminaries that line the tops of each building. These luminaries are in the shapes of the various animals represented in the Merry Menagerie that takes place on Discovery Island. The decorations are delightful during the day, and cast a glowing warm light at night. Merry Menagerie at Disney’s Animal KingdomAs a roaming steel drum player produces holiday music with a tropical flair, the courtyard of Discovery Island becomes a winter wonderland of flocking fun. Beautiful puppets of animals that hail from northern climates dance in the street and interact with guests. You might see a mama penguin and her four little babies. Or a mama polar bear and her cub. These beautiful puppets and their talented puppeteers appear intermittently from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. daily during the holiday season.last_img read more

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Stratford girls basketball roughs up Newman Catholic

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Macie Frueh had 18 points, and Tianna Hughes added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Stratford girls basketball team to a 66-43 rout of Wausau Newman Catholic in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Tuesday night at Stratford High School.The Tigers assure themselves of a winning season by improving to 12-4 overall, and they are now 5-3 in the Marawood South. Newman drops to 5-9 and 2-6 in the conference.Savannah Schillinger added 10 points and six rebounds, and Andie Zuelke had eight points and nine rebounds for the Tigers.Stratford led 31-17 at halftime and finished strong, outscoring the Cardinals 20-9 in the fourth quarter.The Tigers host Auburndale on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 66, Cardinals 43Newman Catholic 10 17 17 9 – 43Stratford 16 15 15 20 – 66NEWMAN CATHOLIC (43): Lauren Fech 3-8 0-0 9, Laura Beilke 0-0 3-4 3, Karina McGucken 0-5 4-6 4, Abbye Fox 1-3 0-0 3, Hadleigh Baumann 0-3 0-0 0, Caitlin Deaton 6-17 3-6 16, Taylor Jankowski 3-6 0-0 8, Kaley Fech 0-3 0-2 0, Brogan Kimball 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 13-45. FT: 10-18. 3-pointers: 7-12 (L. Fech 3-4, Jankowski 2-3, Deaton 1-3, Fox 1-2). Rebounds: 22 (Deaton 11). Record: 5-9, 2-6 Marawood Conference South Division.STRATFORD (66): Sammy Griesbach 2-6 3-4 7, Macie Frueh 6-16 3-4 18, Brittany Bredeman 1-1 0-0 2, Tianna Hughes 5-15 5-11 15, Emily Manecke 0-0 2-4 2, Savannah Schillinger 3-8 2-3 10, Casey Kolbeck 2-5 0-0 4, Marissa Cepress 0-3 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 4-7 0-0 8. FG: 23-61. FT: 15-26. 3-pointers: 5-12 (Frueh 3-7, Schillinger 2-5). Rebounds: 29 (Zuelke 9). Assists: 10 (Frueh 5). Record: 12-4, 5-3 Marawood South.last_img read more

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Climate Change affects us all

first_imgThe summit saw the arrival and participation of youth around Africa to South African shores, to discuss the issues around climate change and establishing a green economy for future generations. The results of this summit are yet to be seen, but will certainly add value for future generations.CEO of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola, says with the recent achievements in establishing green sustainability, the Generation Earth summit was an encouraging pledge from the youth because it shows that they want to ensure a better future for those of tomorrow.Global warming refers to the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans as well as its related effects.In the last 100 years, Earth’s average surface temperature increased by about 0.8 °C with about two thirds of the increase occurring over just the last three decades. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain most of it is caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuel.Deforestation and climate change are intimately connected: Globally, deforestation releases nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of man-made CO2 emissions. The destruction of the world’s forests not only harms the communities that depend on them, but increasingly affects us all.We can all Play Our Part. While the root causes of deforestation vary from region to region, there are some common solutions for everybody around the world.Communities need seeds, training, and technical support in order to adapt. Starting nurseries and planting trees is part of this process.Simple ways that you can Play Your Part:Reduce, Reuse, RecycleDo your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans.Use Less Heat and Air ConditioningAdding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.Change a Light BulbWherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.Buy Energy-Efficient ProductsWhen it’s time to buy a new car, choose one that offers good petrol consumption. Home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models, and compact florescent bulbs are designed to provide more natural-looking light while using less energy than standard light bulbs.Use the “Off” SwitchSave electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them.Choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can.You will also cut down on waste production and energy use… another help against global warming.Reuse your shopping bagWhen shopping, it saves energy and waste to use a reusable bag instead of accepting a disposable one in each shop. Waste not only discharges CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, it can also pollute the air, groundwater and soil.Global warming is urgent! We don’t need to wait for governments to find a solution to this problem: each individual can help by adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things.ends Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc.  It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit www.playyourpart.co.zalast_img read more

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Intuition is a Critical Skill for Great HR Pros

first_imgIntuition, awareness, or whatever you want to call it–it’s a critical skill if you want to be a successful HR pro. I’m a fan of examples to prove my point, so let’s dive in!Seeing the needs of new employeesRecently I was helping to onboard a new group of employees. We had won a new contract and needed to pull the new folks into the fold ASAP with no downtime or issues.The “standard” HR practice would be to gather all of the employees in a single place, give them a speech, hand out paperwork, and wait for it to roll in. However, that’s not how I handled it.Instead, we sat down with each individual employee. That meant the entire exercise took approximately 10 times as long; however, there were some conditions that I had examined that told me the one-on-one would be more beneficial across the board. Here’s where that intuition/awareness/whatever comes into play.They were coming from a “big company” employer that didn’t treat them as individuals or as highly valuable.In my one previous meeting with the group, there were a few people who felt their concerns were not addressed for one reason or another.Our history had always been that of a high-touch HR function, and this was the first chance to prove it.I knew that with contracts like these, the people were going to speak freely more often if it was a private conversation than if it was in a group.In the end, that was definitely the right answer. Each person got to spend some individual quality time talking about their hopes, concerns, and other thoughts.Developing your intuition muscleThis is one of those skills that is more difficult to develop. Some of us are just more aware of our surroundings, the considerations of others, etc. However, I believe it’s possible to learn to be more intuitive and aware of the things going on around you. Here are a few tips for making that a new focus:Especially in situations like the one depicted above where there will be many “first impressions” all at once, take some time to consider what impression you’re giving. How you interact is how they will expect the rest of the company to interact as well.In your day to day, think about how others will perceive and process what you have to say. Even if it doesn’t change what you say or how you say it, understanding how to predict the responses of others is critical for someone in this role.Once you have started honing your intuition skills, start sharing the insights with other managers and staff. For example, when I learn about a new policy rolling out affecting specific employees, I let the manager know generally what to expect from some of the people who might not respond well to the changes. That helps them to prepare for the response as well as making them more likely to rely on that advice again in the future, especially if it prevents an employee relations headache!What are your thoughts on this? I think intuition is a highly valued, yet relatively unknown, skill for HR pros to develop and maintain. Have you seen others value you for your intuition and insights? How did that play out? I’d love to hear your story. To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

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