Council tickets run today for election

first_img “We also want to have open hours twice a month where any sophomore can come and give us suggestions,” he said. Some of these events include a “Tour of Religions,” giving seniors the opportunity to experience the different faiths represented on campus, senior class bar crawls for students of legal age and improved apparel, Stroud said. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, and Nolan Welsh plan to use their experience within student government to leave a legacy for the Class of 2013, Doherty said. Weiss emphasized community outreach, a wider variety of class apparel and class trips to a Cubs game and Cedar Point as some of his ticket’s plans for next year. Several years of working in student government has given him an ability to set realistic and achievable goals, Weiss said. The rest of his ticket has similar experience. “We want to create a united class, address the needs articulated by the class and most importantly, bring people together to form a stronger Notre Dame community,” Michels said. “We’re thinking of maybe building a jungle gym or playground area that can be donated from the Class of 2014,” he said. Other possible projects are Domer Dollars for Eddy St. businesses, more Huddle options and Grab and Go meal flexibility, she said. “We feel that we will give the Sophomore Class Council a different personality,” he said. “Which will lead to the creation of more events, making next year more enjoyable for all sophomores.” The “Save the Best for Last” platform consists of unique programming for the Class of 2012, such as a “Beginning of the End” networking barbeque with a beer garden, “Night in Napa” wine tasting, new class apparel and monthly senior masses. Catalano said his ticket hopes to plan events such as a class dance to bring the class together. He said the dance would hopefully be a formal, but possibly an SYR for the entire class. The ticket plans to broaden the range of internship and job opportunities for students of all majors. Nwannunu said they would examine inconsistencies between male and female dorms with regards to social gatherings. Krenselewski and his running mates want to create a greater sense of class unity. With “dress up days” on the 14th of every month, a day in which all sophomores would wear the same color, Krenselewski said sophomores would feel a strong community atmosphere. Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung, Ali Unger Konkey said she also wants a fundraiser event for the class of 2014. The candidates hope for an enjoyable year and a more close-knit class through greater variety in class apparel, a junior retreat, a class Facebook page and Twitter feed, and a “Margaritaville” event during the spring, which Doherty said the ticket is particularly excited for. “Our vision of Senior Class Council is to make bigger events, partnering with other offices on campus such as the Career Center, to get as many seniors as possible to participate,” she said. Many of their ideas, including a class service trip to a disaster area somewhere in the U.S., focus on helping others. Moore said he intends to work with younger children in the South Bend school district. All of the members of this ticket have served on class councils in the past so they are familiar with the process of planning and executing events, German said. Sophomore Class Council “We want to work with the Alumni Association to try and help seniors build some professional contacts before they graduate,” German said. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot, Elizabeth Linnemanstons Some of the major activities Michels’ ticket hopes to make a reality if elected include a class spirit week, class Mass, a campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies and a life-sized replication of Candyland on a quad. In addition to a variety of fun events throughout the year, Huntington said the ticket plans on making the end of the year especially memorable for the graduating seniors. “We want to be able to appeal to everyone on campus and build equality, unity and opportunity,” Nwannunu said. Coley Konkey said the four students running on her ticket come from different backgrounds with different ideas to better the student body. Schilling also hopes to create and sell “glowsaries,” glow-in-the-dark rosaries to be used at class trips of the Grotto. “Dorms have one signature event [benefiting a charity],” she said. “We want a signature event for the class to have yearly.” “We want class-wide events,” he said. “We want people to know each other in our class.” “We are thinking of a seasonal class social event, like a tailgate in the fall, which really helps you meet new people in your class,” she said. “We’re also thinking about a ‘Snow Ball’ for winter and a spring carnival.” Other activities planned for next year include spending leftover funds from this year’s Freshman Class Council on a class ski trip to a resort in Michigan and a class-wide ‘assassins’ fundraiser. Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen’s plan for next year’s graduating class centers on fun activities and memorable experiences, Huntington said. None of the students on this ticket has been part of class council before, but they decided to run together after being a part of a physics study group. Michels said all members of her ticket are personable, easy-going people who will listen to concerns brought up by members of the Class of 2014. Coley Konkey, Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine, Lauren Katen “Our ticket is a diverse ticket as far as interests go, as we represent many different aspects of our student body,” Michels said. “We encompass people in varsity athletics, music, ROTC and student government, all factors which I think allow us to easily connect to members of our class.” Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung and Ali Unger hope to strengthen the sense of unity among members of the senior class through their focus on the “little things,” Stroud said. Junior Class Council “It’s our last year on campus, and we want to make it awesome,” King said. Krenselewski said his ticket hope to put other activites into action next year, including trips to off-campus locations, including Chicago and Cedar Point, as well as a class ski trip. The election committee approved 13 tickets to run for Class Council. Seven tickets are running for Sophomore Class Council, while Junior and Senior Class Councils have three tickets each. Elections will take place online today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We feel that our combined experience give us an advantage when it comes to working around red tape and producing great results for our class next year,” he said. Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole, Aaron Stumpf “What we have noticed is that class councils throw a couple big events that a lot of people go to,” Stroud said. “What we want to do is have a lot more little events that maybe not everyone goes to, but you have more options.” Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache, Alesandra Mendoza To fix the communication problem, Krenselewski said his ticket will use a website, Facebook page, open town hall-style meetings and an optional text messaging service to reach out to members of the Class of 2014. “We envision Domecoming eventually evolving into a school-wide spirit week and Homecoming Dance, and next year we plan to take steps toward this goal by involving other classes in the dance,” he said. The ticket also hopes to plan a class trip over fall or spring break and prayer services at the Grotto during finals. All of Crowell’s ticket has hall council experience in their respective dorms. Crowell said her lack of previous student government experience will prove to be an asset in representing the average Notre Dame junior. Some of these Bucket List events include a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and a dinner in the press box, King said. “We realized one of the major flaws in student government this year was the lack of communication between class councils,” Krenselewski said. “If elected, we will focus on repairing that, as we feel it would make a big difference for not only student government, but for the entire student body.” “At the beginning of the year, none of us really knew one another,” Schilling said. “We think holding another Domerfest for sophomores will be exponentially more fun than the Domerfest held during freshman orientation.” The candidates identify three categories of projects for next year, should they be elected: uniting the junior class, giving back to the community and helping juniors prepare for their future, Crowell said. Doherty said the group anticipates this year’s first Domecoming to expand into a campus-wide series of events. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot and Elizabeth Linnemanstons plan to bring their diverse interests and approachability to their seats on the Sophomore Class Council if elected. The goal of Tom Catalano’s ticket to foster class unity, he said. Doherty said the ticket stands out because of its candidates’ experience. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, Nolan Welsh “We think we come from a more diverse background, not having already been part of that system,” she said. “So we’ll more easily be able to portray what the students want.” Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress, Sean Hannon The ticket’s other ideas include forming partnerships with local businesses and planning class retreats to cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. Tom Catalano, Erica Smith, Jon Savakus, Rachel Kalinoski ‘Domerfest 2.0′ is one of the major events Schilling and his ticket hope to plan in the coming school year. Nicholas Schilling said his ticket seeks to overcome class communication and unity issues, if elected to the Sophomore Class Council. “We want to create events for the Class of 2014 that are bigger, better and more attended than this year’s events,” Krenselewski said. Nicholas Schilling, Paul DiGiovanni, Mary Clare Rigali, Margaret Preuss Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander, Tyler Harmsen Konkey is running with Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine and Lauren Katen. According to Konkey, none of them have been involved with student government before running in this election. “Not only do we have new ideas, but with our experience we can definitely execute them,” Weiss said. Senior Class Council Beyond social events, Catalano said he wants to establish a class fundraising event focused on one cause, though his ticket is still open for suggestions on what that cause might be. Catalano is running with Erica Smith, Jon Savakus and Rachel Kalinoski to represent the Class of 2014. “Girls always say, ‘We’re so envious of guy dorms because you all get away with everything,’” Nwannunu said. “We’re going to make a push for more equal treatment there.” “We want to improve campus, and help make it and South Bend a better place,” she said. Schilling said his ticket’s experience on Freshman Class Council will be integral to next year’s Sophomore Class Council working well. This ticket would also like to establish a career development committee to prepare seniors for work post-graduation, German said. The Catalano ticket is not currently involved in student government, according to Catalano. All were involved in student government in high school. Class unity lies at the heart of the platform presented by Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano and Grace Foster. As their campaign slogan implies, sophomores Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole and Aaron Stumpf hope to bring a “fresh perspective” to the Junior Class Council. “My ticket’s main focus is to get the entire class involved in decision-making processes and to hold events that everyone can enjoy,” Moore said. Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache and Alesandra Mendoza hope to bring the experience they all gained as members of the Freshman Class Council to the Sophomore Class Council. “We wanted to use our talents to give back to the seniors and make new events that other people would be interested in,” Stroud said. Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott, Brinya Bjork Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork hope to use their extensive experience in campus leadership to help seniors accomplish the “Notre Dame Bucket List,” King said. Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano, Grace Foster “We also have some exciting new ideas for Senior Week, such as ‘Reminiscing from the Rooftop,’ which would be a champagne toast from the roof of Eddy Street Commons,” she said. Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress and Sean Hannon hope to combine new ideas with past experience to preside over next year’s Junior Class Council. Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin, Calvin Belden Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin and Calvin Belden hope to unite the sophomore class by ensuring the class’s diverse interests are represented in the class council. “We have a good blend of experience,” German said. “We know what kind of events people would enjoy.”last_img read more

Mexico, Panama to contest CONCACAF Beach Soccer final

first_imgPANAMA qualified for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and advanced to the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship final after a dramatic triumph on penalty kicks, 2-1, after a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in the semi-finals.In just their second CBSC appearance, the Panamanians battled back from a goal down to move within three minutes of winning in normal time, only for Agustin Ruiz to level with an overhead kick late in the encounter.However, with the contest eventually going to penalties, Jose Ruben Batres and Heber Antonio Ramos faltered, while Julio Watson and Rafael Garcia found the net for Panama.Defending champions Mexico earned a 3-0 win over Guadeloupe to advance to the final and book a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.Jose Ramon Maldonado Alonso struck for two and Diego Oswaldo Rodriguez added another, while Guadeloupe played without suspended star forward Sebastien Hell.With a victory over Panama in yesterday’s final, Mexico can clinch its fourth CONCACAF title.last_img read more

Emirates makes Beijing, Shanghai all-A380

first_imgEmirates is to make Beijing and Shanghai all- Airbus 380 operations when it replaces Boeing 777-300ERs currently operating its second daily services to each of the cities from July 1.The move will boost capacity on the routes as the Dubai-based carrier moves to the 519-seat, three-class superjumbos with the aim of picking up more business and leisure traffic in the booming Chinese market.Emirates has 38 flights to China and also services Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.The airline was the first Middle East carrier to fly non-stop to mainland China when it launched freighter operations in 2002.This was followed by passenger services to Shanghai in 2004 and the first-ever A380 scheduled passenger service to China when it started its Beijing flights in August, 2010.China Southern now has five A380s but remains the only Chinese carrier to operate the superjumbo.Passengers like the A380 because it is generally configured by the airlines who operate it as their flagship product.Emirates is the world’s biggest operator of the plane and has 95 in its fleet with another 47 on order.It features more comfortable economy seats than the airline’s 10-across B777s as well as a shower in first class and a lounge bar on the upper deck.The airline says it has flown more than 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet since 2008.last_img read more

SA scientists win AU awards

first_imgScience in Africa is to come under the spotlight through the AU Scientific Awards. (Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof. Jean-Pierre Ezin AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology+251 11 551 7700RELATED ARTICLES • SA hosts world science meet • African science reporting shapes up • Open access to SA journals • SA scientist lauded for polar workJanine ErasmusTwo South African scientists have walked off with top honours at the inaugural African Union Scientific Awards. The awards programme was launched in September 2009, and the laureates were announced earlier in 2010.Witwatersrand University’s (Wits) Professor Diane Hildebrandt and Professor Patrick Eriksson of Pretoria University were singled out for the prestigious honour from 48 entries sent in from all over Africa.Two categories were judged – Life and Earth Sciences, which Eriksson won; and Basic Science, Technology and Innovation, which Hindebrandt won. Each received a prize worth US$100 000 (R731 061).President Jacob Zuma was quick to applaud the achievement of the two scientists during the awards ceremony, which took place in Addis Ababa during the 14th AU summit.“I say with pride that South Africans continue to display excellence in various fields in the international arena,” said the president.“On behalf of the South African people I wish to congratulate Professor Hildebrandt and Professor Eriksson, and wish them well in their endeavours to make Africa and the world a better place to live.”Top achieverHildebrandt, one of South Africa’s top chemical engineers, is a professor of sustainable process engineering in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, and is also co-director at the university’s Centre for Optimisation Modelling and Process Synthesis.She started her career as a process engineer at South Africa’s fuel giant Sasol and obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering from Wits University. Her career at her alma mater now spans more than 20 years.Hildebrandt was the first woman chemical engineer to earn an A rating from the National Research Foundation. A prolific author, she has more than 50 papers to her name.Winning awards is not a novelty for her – she’s already been honoured with the Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher of the Year Award in 2002; the Bill Neale-May Gold Medal of the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2000; the Meiring Naudé medal of the Royal Society of South Africa in 1997; the Distinguished Researcher Award of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996; and the President’s Award of the Foundation for Research and Development in 1996 and 2010.“I’m grateful for the award and look forward to making further contributions to Africa and its development,” she said in an interview with University World News, adding that there are many scientists who strive to improve conditions for all Africans, often under difficult circumstances.Internationally respectedEriksson is head of Pretoria University’s Geology Department, a post he has held since 2006. He joined the department as a lecturer in 1982 and rose to a professorship 12 years later. Eriksson completed his PhD in 1984 and obtained a higher doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 1998.He lectures in sedimentology and his research focuses on the evolution of Precambrian (sedimentary) basins. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa, and still finds time to act as editor-in-chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences.The National Research Foundation gave him an A research rating in 2007.Well respected on an international level, he founded the Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate in 1997, an informal working group comprising 16 eminent scientists from South Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Australia, and India.Accepting the AU award, Eriksson paid tribute to his peers on the continent.Boosting African scienceThe AU Scientific Awards programme is aimed at inspiring the continent’s best minds to bigger and better achievements, and also celebrates their efforts to boost entrepreneurship in science and research, attract investment into African science, and establish scientific centres of excellence in Africa.The African Academy of Sciences, Twas (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) bureau in Africa, and the Network of African Science Academies adjudicated the awards.Winners are selected according to several criteria, including the number of publications they have written or co-written, the number of graduate research students they have mentored, and the relevance of their work in tackling the challenges facing the African continent as well as the ease of application.Besides the AU Science Award, also up for grabs are the AU Young Scientist Award, handed out on a national level to promising researchers under 35 years of age, and the AU Woman Scientist Award, which is region-based. 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Q and A with few of South Africa’s influential women

first_img18 August 2016What do Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Kass Naidoo, and Farah Fortune have in common? Besides being in the limelight, they are successful women who learnt important life lessons from influential women in their lives.With the 9th of August having been National Women’s Day, we celebrate the contribution of women through the month. Journalist Melissa Javan conducted question and answer sessions with a few of South Africa’s prominent women.Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress and the face of the skincare range Neutrogena South Africa and the Puma’s local brand ambassador. (Image: Nomzamo Mbatha, Facebook)Who are the women in your life who have inspired you, and why?Roxy Burger, TV presenter: My mother. Cliché, I know but she is the epitome of an amazing career woman. She will also do anything for her family. I also admire broadcasters such as Leanne Manas, Anele Mdoda and others internationally.Farah Fortune, entrepreneur: My mum is my biggest female inspiration. She’s a strong woman who raised six children and always has the best advice. I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, because she was a huge inspiration to me too.Bonang Matheba, media personality: I come from a family of strong women. My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be resilient, not shaken, to love and nurture. Her sisters have also been my other role models in being a woman. They pursued education, held down households whilst being captains of their industries.Nomzamo Mbatha, actress: My grandmother has an incredible amount of influence on the woman I am becoming and have become. She taught me everything – having strength, resilience, humility and charm. One of the things she’d say is: “People are like fingers on your hand. They may not be the same in terms of social standing, but are treated the same. Treat people equally, no matter who or what they are, because you need them.” I also admire Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Dhlomo, Viola Davis and mam’ Winnie Mandela.Kass Naidoo, sports presenter: There are many women who I admire. One of my earliest inspirations was West Indian Donna Simmonds. She was cricket’s first woman commentator. These days, I’m proud of South Africa’s 800m Olympic heroine, Caster Semenya. She consistently displays courage, strength and champion temperament without apology.Roxy Burger is television presenter for the lifestyle series Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a celebrity blogger. (Image: Roxy Burger)What does Women’s Month mean to you?Roxy Burger: It is of course special and women deserve to be celebrated. I do wish that the respect and celebration women receive during this month continues and we achieve equality in all aspects of our lives.Farah Fortune: It means we get to highlight issues in South Africa that affect us. I’m not overly fond about Women’s Month though. I feel a little disappointed that our issues are only highlighted during this month. I wish we had more platforms throughout the year for the issues and rights that affect us.Farah Fortune is the founder and chief executive officer of the public relations company African Star Communications. (Image: African Star Communications)Bonang Matheba: Every year, I use 9 August as a time to reflect on what 20 000, fearless women risked in order for me to have a voice and a position in society. This year it’s been more about what the Bonang Legacy will look or read like in 60 years’ time. I am ensuring that I do my part through the camp for girls I am hosting in December.Nomzamo Mbatha: It’s an exciting time! Many women say: “It shouldn’t just be during this month that we are celebrated, it should be every month.” Of which I fully agree. However, come August, there’s a breeze in the air, women walk taller, owning who they are, unafraid of their voices, sharing their stories, being bold, demanding their voices to be heard, reminding men how powerful we are. Women’s Month for me means that we are claiming a place in this world that belongs to us in the most fiercest and fearless way.Kass Naidoo: Women’s Month gives us the opportunity to amplify our message to raise profile of South African women in sport, and comes on the back of a daily commitment to support our athletes and women in sport.Kass Naidoo was South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. She is also founder of G Sport for Girls, an online platform that promotes girls and women in sports. (Image: Judd van Rensburg/ Jet Club, Kass Naidoo)Can South African women move the country forward?Roxy Burger: Of course. This goes without saying. I believe that the emotional strength women have is something that is not respected enough. Sometimes this is even seen as a weakness but I believe a high EQ is a leadership quality we as women should embrace.Farah Fortune: Yes! We are a strong willed nation of women leaders. We need to create our own platforms to have our voices heard. When we look at what women have done for South Africa since 1956 alone, the evidence is there that we as women in South Africa are capable of anything.Bonang Matheba: Most definitely. Women are the cornerstone of society. When anything goes wrong with a child in the home or community, it is always the woman who is looked upon to give answers and speak solutions to that.Nomzamo Mbatha: Absolutely! South African women have one of the deepest and strongest narratives. Our forefathers fought and had resilience which was imparted on us when they left this earth. As women of this country we have woken up and realised that we are worldly, and can become absolutely anything in this world, and guess what, we want it! There is a strength that we have and a sense of leadership that we are fighting for now. We are becoming anything and everything that we have always wanted to be.Kass Naidoo: South African women are moving the country forward, because of our tenacity, ability to endure, and our hunger for success.Bonang Matheba’s resume´ includes radio disk jockey, television presenter for lifestyle shows like the Afternoon Express, and being a global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics. (Image: Bonang Matheba)Any advice to women?Roxy Burger: Run your own race. Try not to compare yourself to others. And let’s stop pulling each other down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s support one another and uplift one another and that is how we can create change.Farah Fortune: Always do what’s best for you. Your gender is not a disability.Bonang Matheba: Be each other’s champions. We are so much more than the bickering.Nomzamo Mbatha: Have resilience. The resilience to fight for your voice, your place and your dreams. We can and will be any and everything that we want to be. Society is afraid of the strength we have, now is the time to be the change. Now is the time! Let us love each other, support each other and know that if one of us wins, it’s a win for all!Kass Naidoo: My advice for women is to find your passion, work hard and reach for the stars!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

A Look at Weatherization and Windows

first_imgWith window replacement now on the menu of stimulus-funded weatherization options, building-products manufacturer Serious Energy, based in Sunnyvale, California, recently rolled out a line of energy efficient replacement windows it calls the SeriousWindows WAP Series.And Comfort Windows, which makes windows and doors, and offers home-insulation services through four showrooms in upstate New York, claims this summer has been among its busiest – enough so that the company is considering adding another showroom to its roster. Company co-owner Fritz Gentile recently told the Syracuse Post-Standard that federal tax incentives, in particular, have boosted sales significantly.Through 2010, homeowners are eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the replacement cost, excluding labor, for windows, doors, and wall insulation, up to $1,500. Homeowners in New York, through the state’s participation in the federal Home Performance with Energy Star program, also may qualify for rebates or low-interest loans to help cover the cost of energy efficiency improvements.Tempering anticipation with patienceBoth Comfort Windows and Serious Energy (formerly known as Serious Materials) are banking on market- and stimulus-related forces to propel increases – if not necessarily surges – in demand for their products. Given general economic conditions, though, it is difficult to say how quickly those increases will emerge.Gentile told the Post-Standard that his company’s possible showroom expansion is at least partly preemptive. “The home improvement industry is going to come back and we need to be ready,” he said.There are in fact signs that at least a couple major economic indicators – the stock market and the housing market – are beginning to point to a recovery. The Commerce Department reported on Monday that new-home sales in June rose 11% over those in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. New-home sales have increased for three consecutive months, although prices continue to slip, with the median price for a new home in June at $206,000, down 12% from the $219,000 median in May.Still, the housing recovery will be slow, by any standard. (And the true pace of recovery of the stock market – a leading indicator whose Dow Jones industrial average last week closed above 9,000 for the first time in half a year – will be, as usual, anybody’s guess.)Waiting for funds to trickle downFor the SeriousWindows WAP Series, an increase in orders will arrive with more certainty, since federal stimulus funds for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program are finally making their way to the states and the community organizations that will hire contractors to actually deliver weatherization services and products to low-income households.This can’t happen soon enough for some of Serious Energy’s current and prospective workers. The company attracted a lot of favorable publicity in January – including praise from President Obama and Vice President Biden – when it agreed to buy Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors, whose almost 300 employees staged a sit-in after Republic closed its doors a month earlier.The time-consuming bureaucratic process of getting weatherization work underway, however, has meant that Serious Energy still hasn’t expanded the Republic Windows workforce beyond the 15 people currently working at the factory, which makes energy efficient windows and Serious Energy’s drywall, notes a recent story in In These Times, the news outlet for the progressive, nonprofit Institute for Public Affairs, based in Chicago. So while the wait for employment might end for many former Republic workers relatively soon, the level of anxiety is still high.last_img read more

Housing and Human Health

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members What is “healthy housing”? Scientists don’t really know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped green builders from making poorly supported claims about “healthy” and “unhealthy” homes. No one really knows which building specifications contribute to the health of building occupants — which is why I have often advised builders to be very cautious about claims that building specifications promote human health.Of course, physicians and builders have long had fairly good data on which toxins to avoid. The list includes lead, asbestos, tobacco smoke, and most types of insecticides. There are a few other substances, including formaldehyde and radon, which are so toxic that their levels must be kept low, even when it’s impossible to entirely eliminate them from the indoor environment.Beyond basic advice about avoiding obvious toxins, experts have few examples of building specifications that lead to improved occupant health.That said, in recent years tantalizing clues on the links between human health and housing specifications are starting to trickle in — not enough to make firm statements, but enough to pique the interest of “healthy house” researchers.Many of these studies look for improved health outcomes in occupants of homes that have recently received energy-efficiency improvements. Most, but not all, of these studies depend on occupants’ self-reported assessments of symptoms rather than objective criteria like the number of hospital visits.Moreover, with most of the studies that look into “healthy housing,” it’s impossible to know which retrofit measures (out of any particular package of implemented measures) were responsible for reported improvements in occupant health.The best data on health improvements are for families that include someone with asthma. For families without any asthmatics, however, data are sparse.At the recent Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, the keynote address was given by Ruth… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

PVP Films’ bid for Deccan Chargers ownership rejected

first_imgPutting a question mark over the future of Deccan Chargers in the IPL league, the debt-ridden club failed to find any takers in Thursday’s auction in Chennai, forcing the BCCI to step in. The sole bidder, interestingly from Hyderabad, was rejected by the current owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), as there was no convergence either on price or on the terms of payment. Already neck-deep in debt with banks and other lenders having formed a consortium to recover dues to the tune of Rs 4000 crores, this auction was expected to provide a lifeline to the company, the publishers of the daily Deccan Chronicle. But, it was not to be with the sole bid being turned down. While maintaining that DCHL was still the franchisee of the team, BCCI President N. Srinivasan left the question about its future wide open. “They are still in charge, franchise is on,” was all that he would say. “One bidder was eligible from the BCCI’s point of view. But, after opening the price bid, Deccan Chronicles decided that the price, as well as, the terms of payment were not acceptable. So, they rejected the bid,” said Srinivasan, emerging out of the auction. The lone bidder, film production firm PVP Ventures of Potluri Vara Prasad, reportedly quoted Rs 900 crore for the IPL team. The company was the producer of the recent block-buster, ‘Nann E’, a bi-lingual movie depicting the exploits of a hero turned into a house-fly. The production house also has a major upcoming release in ‘Viswaroopam’, the new Kamal Hassan starrer. “The tender was issued by them. We are not involved but only assisted them in examining the eligibility and suitability criteria. After that, it was up to them, between Deccan Chargers and the bidder,” the BCCI chief added. Without committing himself on the future course of action, Srinivasan, owner of the Chennai Super Kings, merely said the Board had issued a notice to Deccan Chargers to ‘cure certain defects’. “But, that’s between the BCCI and the franchisee,” he remarked. Team Hyderabad has not been able to pay players’ or coach fees for the last edition of the IPL tournament. Though there were reports of media mogul Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV evincing an interest in buying the team, Sun TV network has denied them. Later some prospective bidders, including the RPG group, too backed out. After the failed auction BCCI came out with a statement making it clear that the Board had no role in rejection of the bid. According to the release by BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale, DCHL has rejected the bid on its discretion. Now, the issue is back on the agenda of the BCCI and cricket body will have to take the final call on the Deccan Chargers at its working committee meeting on September 15.advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Jim Kelly Gets Incredible Standing Ovation At The NFL Draft

first_imgJim Kelly gets applause from Roger Goddess and fans at the draft.Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.last_img