Red Bluff’s Wheeler, Carnes named to all-section volleyball team

December 21, 2019

first_img … Red Bluff High senior volleyball stars Logan Wheeler and Aurora Carnes helped the Spartans capture 23 wins and get back to a Northern Section final this year. This week the two were honored as members of the all-Northern Section team, with Wheeler earning first-team recognition and Carnes second-team. Wheeler was top-10 in the section with 299 kills as Red Bluff’s top offensive weapon. Carnes, meanwhile, was a blocking machine as she finished fourth in the section with 125 blocks.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Anglers taking advantage of calm seas

December 20, 2019

first_imgCalm ocean waters continue to provide ample opportunities for saltwater anglers. The Eureka salmon action has been fairly consistent for a couple weeks now, with the majority of the fish holding in a four-mile section south of the entrance. While the quantity may have dipped a little, the quality has gotten much better. We’re finally starting to see some nice kings in the 20-pound class.Rockfish has been another good option, especially with the flat water making it an easy run to Cape …last_img read more

Kids get down to business

December 18, 2019

first_imgUsing Madibas as currency, the young participants monitored their income and expenditure.Towards the end of August, training company Business Education Design (BED), with the support of Brand South Africa, the Movement for Economic Freedom (Mefsa) and Hope Church, held the second of what is hoped will become a regular series of workshops on teaching young people how the economy works, and what they can do to contribute to it.The initiative, called the Youth Economic Development Clubs, aims to promote economic literacy among South Africa’s young people, who will, after all, run the country one day. It teaches them how businesses work, how the economy affects the running of a business, and introduces them to common business terminology.“Young people need to be active participants in the economy,” said co-organiser Henry Sebata, who runs his own consulting and business support company. “But for them to be successful, we must intensify the education component.”The event took place at the community hall in Diepsloot township northwest of Johannesburg. Sebata explained that it was part of the initiation of the economic clubs and that there had been a session held in the Johannesburg suburb of Craighall.“Once we get the clubs up and running,” said Sebata, “the youth will run them for the most part. They’ll organise events, identify guest speakers, and promote the events themselves.”The initiative is a long-term commitment, he said, and the organisers plan to enlist the support of the corporate sector in arranging visits to companies, securing sponsorships, and inviting prominent businesspeople to be guest speakers at meetings.Hands-on learningEvent co-organiser Sandile Mahlaba told the kids to learn, but have fun at the same time.(Images: Janine Erasmus) The youngsters received practical training in running a business through a course based on BED’s tried and tested Team Business range of programmes, which includes business tuition for all levels of management from executive downwards, as well as non-financial managers and entrepreneurs.“I own a company,” said co-organiser and businessman Sandile Mahlaba, opening the session, “and as business owners we need to ask ourselves how we can work together and spread the potential to others.”Mahlaba, a Mefsa member as is Sebata, described the organisation’s members as economic freedom fighters, and said that for young people it was more important to understand economics than to understand politics.“We don’t want to inherit an economy that we don’t understand,” he said, “or we will mess it up.”Mahlaba said that BED’s courses have been used extensively in South Africa and that thousands of people have gone through the programme.The participants were divided into groups before the business simulation began. They were told that they work for a company that produces paper boxes, and that there were certain things to be taken into consideration, such as a business license, product design and equipment, before even one box rolled off the production line.These necessities were paid for with a fictional currency called the Madiba – “more stable than the rand”, said BED director and programme designer Andrew Hofmeyr, who was on hand – which left the fledgling companies with no money in the bank.They were soon put to work producing their first box, using a template in their Team Business workbooks. After the practice run they were given a scenario which prioritised the quantity of boxes and not quality, and the teams got cracking on their production lines.Once they realised they would be having fun as well as learning, the participants threw themselves enthusiastically into the programme, filling the hall with chatter, observations and suggestions.“This practical component makes the lessons come alive,” said Hofmeyr, “and it motivates the kids.”The production task was made more complex with factors such as clients which preferred quality over quantity, the introduction of unions and work shifts, and times of low demand, which forced teams to assess their members’ performance and see if there were ways to cut costs.The workbook took the teams through six months, or chapters, of business fundamentals, with each month focusing on a different challenge. They learned the value of marketing and technology, and summarised their performance at the end of the day by reflecting on what they achieved and what they could have done better. Source: MediaClublast_img read more

Solar Gets A Big Boost in Hawaii

December 16, 2019

first_imgRegulators had ordered HECO to do betterHawaiians currently pay the highest electricity rates in the country, more than 38 cents per kilowatt hour, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the integration of solar-generated electricity into the grid has been a source of friction between homeowners and HECO. (For more information on PV disputes in Hawaii, see Hawaii’s Solar Battle.)In April, HECO was ordered to come up with a plan for integrating more renewable energy, including rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels, to reduce energy costs, thinkprogress reported in May. At the time, a poll found that 94% of Hawaii residents supported the addition of more residential PV panels, and that 90% thought HECO was slowing growth to protect its profits.HECO outlined several steps it would take, including:Grid upgrades that would make the integration of solar-generated energy easier.More energy storage systems to minimize potential disruptions on electric grids from solar and wind sources.Developing “smart grids,” now being tested on Oahu, that will help customers monitor and control energy use.Offering new products, such as community solar and microgrids, that will allow customers to take advantage of lower-cost renewable energy.Switching from oil to cheaper liquified natural gas at existing generating plants. Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has announced a plan to triple the number of solar electric panels in the state by 2030 and take a variety of other steps that would lower power bills for state residents by 20%. Utility Dive reported the move would increase the proportion of renewable energy from its current level of 18% to 65%, the highest in the United States.HECO released the outlines of its plan on Aug. 26, saying it wanted to increase energy storage, develop smart grids and support community solar projects, think progress.org said.“Our energy environment is changing rapidly and we must change with it to meet our customers’ evolving needs,” Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric vice president of corporate planning and business development, said in a press release. “These plans are about delivering services that our customers value. That means lower costs, better protection of our environment, and more options to lower their energy costs, including rooftop solar.”last_img read more

Tech-based unit to improve quality of education

December 1, 2019

first_imgA virtual field support centre, launched as a tech-based unit at Shiksha Sankul here earlier this week, is set to promote the use of technology for extending the academic and administrative support to over 1,000 education officers in Rajasthan. The initiative will help impart education to children as per their needs and inclination.Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara, who inaugurated the centre, said it would strengthen the education system and create new opportunities for improving the quality, making new experiments and promoting leadership among the stakeholders. The centre has been launched in collaboration with the Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership.Mr. Dotasara said the data of the Education department’s work would be stored at the centre for the use of teachers and students. The data will also be utilised for devising strategies to meet new challenges in the academic and administrative fields.Rajasthan Council of School Education’s Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Borad said the State government would also obtain Piramal Foundation’s support for improving the quality of education in the rural areas. Piramal Foundation’s Manmohan Singh said the centre would provide assistance to education officers in the implementation of various programmes and campaigns through telephone calls.last_img read more

Mixed team would increase Indias Oly medal chances: Karmakar

November 19, 2019

first_imgKolkata, Jun 28 (PTI) Former Olympian Joydeep Karmakar is upset that his pet 50m rifle prone event has been dropped from 2020 Tokyo Games but said overall Indias medal chances at Olympics would only increase with mixed team events. Tokyo Olympics will see four mens only shooting events such as the 50m Prone Rifle and Pistols competitions removed and replaced with mixed-gender events such as the 10m Air Pistol and Rifle. “Personally I feel very upset. The federation could not do much do retain the prone events but overall Indias medal chances will definitely increase,” the London 2012 Olympian who missed a bronze medal in the 50m prone event by less than two points said at the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club. “We always dominate in the air weapon events so its a good prospect for India,” he added. The 37-year-old, who runs a shooting academy in his name, will be organising fourth West Bengal Inter-School Shooting Championships, a four-day event beginning tomorrow at the New Town School. Over 100 students from 40 schools across the state will compete in the competition which will be held in 13 events and three special events. Karmakar sees this event as a launch pad for budding shooters and cited example of Mehuli Ghosh who ended the year 2016 with a bang, winning two gold and seven silver medals in the 60th national shooting championships in Pune in December. Mehuli will also be seen in action against her rival from Jaipur Manini Kaushik in an spectators-friendly exhibition event, titled Epic Duel on the final day. PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Maharashtra sports para meet in January

November 18, 2019

first_imgMumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) The Maharashtra Para Sports, a meet for young para athletes, is to be held here from January 26 to 28.The meet, a first-of-its kind, is being supported by the Sports Authority of India and the Government of Maharashtra and hosted by the suburban Khar Gymkhana, it was announced today.Events are to be conducted for boys and girls in the under-12, under-15, under-18 and over-18 age categories in eight individual and two team sports.Competitions would be held in badminton, chess, carrom, tennis, table tennis, squash, swimming and karate (individual events) along with box cricket and rink football (team events).The meets organising secretary, Amit Modi, said invitations for the event have been sent to 500 schools.”We have also planned to visit the rural areas personally to invite them for the Maharashtra Para Sports,” he said.The meet is being planned annually with an “objective to start para sports development from the grass-root levels,” he added. PTI SSR RSYlast_img read more

AN UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE…

November 7, 2019

first_imgThey’re the ones we love to hate, the ones who cop our abuse, our dissent, our frustration and just occasionally, our gratitude. But, if the tables are turned, there’s the travel, the people, the fitness and the enjoyment, that make refereeing a great pastime and career. Rick Borg is Australia and the World’s number one touch football referee and he is a firm believer that refereeing is something for all touch lovers to consider becoming involved with. Rick admits he more or less fell into refereeing because the local competition he was playing in was suffering from a shortage of referees. Touch refereeing has been a dream for Rick, who has travelled the world as a referee and made many good friends throughout his career. “I have many great mates, which I have made purely through my involvement in touch. The places I have been I could only have dreamed of, but I can honestly say if it were not for my involvement in touch they would have remained just that- a dream. It’s been both an enjoyable and rewarding career for me,” he says. Rick’s hard work and dedication throughout his rise in touch refereeing was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of World’s Number one Touch Referee, a position he has held firmly for the past 9 years. Throughout his career he has 70 test caps or his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 tests and 3 other internationals; not bad for someone who started refereeing a social competition in Mackay 20 years ago. “I guess the highlight of my career as a referee was just recently when I was inducted in to the Australian Touch Hall of Fame. I was astounded when it was announced and it still brings a smile to my face every time I think about it. It was just such a big honour for me,” says Rick. For junior touch players or students working their way through high school or university, refereeing can provide valuable part time work and the cash you so desperately need. “Certainly it can be a great part time job for teenagers. After all how often do you get paid for doing something you love? But having said that, you must also show a certain amount of commitment as well. I started at a local level and look where it has taken me – far beyond my wildest dreams,” says Rick. Like coaches, it is possible for referees to undertake training courses, working their way through accreditation levels, receiving the training to referee at higher levels and to travel for National and International events. While we encourage our children to take up playing sport for their fitness and health, to build their sense of teamwork, co-operation and sportsmanship and to boost their self-esteem, refereeing is another aspect of touch to consider. “Being a referee has certainly been a boost to my self esteem, I have a sense of confidence and achievement that I would not have experienced if were not for touch refereeing,” says Rick. “I also feel I have gained a lot of respect from fellow referees as well as players. But probably most importantly it has taught me how to be a team player. The skills I will walk away with at the end of my touch career far outweighs anything I would have thought possible,” he says. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more