Local Roundup: HSU’s McCay wins CCAA heptathlon, breaks school record

first_imgChico >> Humboldt State University track and field athlete Marissa McCay scored a whopping 5,128 points en route to a California Collegiate Athletic Association heptathlon title and an HSU school record to boot at the CCAA Championship meet in Chico on Friday.McCay won six of eight events en route to a near 400-point win over Chico State’s Melanie O’Brien (4,735).McCay also finished third in the women’s long jump with a mark of 19-feet and one-quarter inch.HSU decathlete Teigan Eilers was …last_img read more

Safari vehicles boost tour guide project

first_img15 April 2011 Eight Limpopo villagers who have established a cooperative that takes tourists through South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park have been given open safari vehicles to boost their business. South African National Parks (SANParks), in conjunction with their subcontractor, Vuswa Fleet, handed over four vehicles to members of the Ngelekele Project in Skukuza on Wednesday. “We promise that this donation will serve as a foundation for us,” said Jouberg Ndlobu, a member of the project. “We are hoping to increase the vehicles so that we can stand on our feet and able to create jobs for unemployed people who come from the same communities as ourselves.”Trained as a tour guide Ndlobu, from Belfast village near the Kruger, was trained as a tour guide through SANParks’ broader economic empowerment strategy and social responsibility programmes that focus on communities around the park. He said his group called themselves Ngelekele, the Xitsonga name for the woodpecker, which is considered to be a wise bird that cautioned the ancients about evil times and emitted a call until something good happened. He said the group was trained through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) after they were selected to become part of the SANParks initiative. “Although we did not have any entrepreneurial skills, the park arranged with Seda to give us valuable training,” said Ndlobu. “We are now prepared to enter the business world with a thorough understanding of what is expected and how to make the business profitable and sustainable.” The Kruger’s managing director, Abe Sibiya, said the donation of the vehicles would assist previously disadvantaged communities to enter into the safari tour guiding business. “After selections, prospective tour guides were trained to become fully fledged guides in order to be able to conduct business in the park like any other private operators,” said Sibiya. He said SANParks would help the project market their services. “In the meantime, Vuswa Fleet has made two more vehicles available to the new Ngelekele operators, should there be a need,” Sibiya said.Project could be extended Sibiya said the project could, over time, extend to other areas around the Kruger if interested community members from other parts of the park were identified. He said the new operators were requested to sign a contract with Vuswa, who manage open safari vehicles operating in the Kruger. The contract covers the servicing of their vehicles, the provision of uniforms, renewal of annual licences, permit fees and registration with the South African Revenue Service. “We are empowering communities. We are making a contribution towards job creation and ultimately putting bread on somebody’s table,” said Sibiya. Vuswa Fleet managing director Francois Viljoen said the company was honoured to be involved in the initiative. “We would like to see individuals growing vigorously and owning more vehicles in the park and improving their living conditions,” Viljoen said. “We hope that this community-driven project will also have positive impact on the community they come from.” Sibiya said the project would help ease traffic congestion in the park during busy periods by offering a park-and-ride service to visitors. “Interested day visitors, who wish to enter the park after the visitor quota has been reached, will be able to use this park-and-ride community service during gate operating times,” Sibiya said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Family Development WEBINAR Watch: Fathers, Work, and Family Life

first_imgFathers, Work, and Family LifeMark your calendars for what’s next in our 2014 MFLN Family Development Webinar Series!Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Fathers, Work, & Family LifeDr. Scott Behson (Fairleigh Dickenson University) and Tim Red (National Fatherhood Initiative) are presenting on fathers, work and family life. This presentation will highlight the pressures faced by today’s working father, who are expected to work hard to succeed in their careers while also being far more involved as parents than dads of previous generations. The presentation will also cover work-family struggles unique to military fathers. Several strategies dads can use to be more efficient and effective in both roles will also be addressed in the presentation. In addition, the presentation will explore ways dads can consciously think through their priorities. Finally, presenters will discuss ways to help support dads as they cope with the work-family conflict.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Acid attack on U.P. rape victim again

first_imgA 38-year-old rape and acid attack survivor from the Dalit community, faced her fourth acid attack here on Saturday evening in the compound of the hostel she is living in, though she has been accorded police protection. She suffered injuries on her face and chest.The woman, a mother of two, works at a cafe in the State capital run by acid attack survivors. She was admitted to the King George Medical University, and is being treated at the trauma centre.No FIR filedNo FIR has been registered yet, but the police are investigating the case.The victim was earlier attacked in March. Miscreants forced acid down her throat while she was on a train to Lucknow from her village in Rae Bareli.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had then visited her in hospital and announced an assistance of ₹1 lakh.On the Chief Minister’s direction, an armed guard was provided for her security round the clock.Additional Director-General of police, Lucknow, Abhay Kumar Prasad said it was likely that the woman was attacked while she was talking on the phone in the dark. “We have informed her relatives. Investigation has started,” Mr. Prasad said. S.N. Sankhwar, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said the woman had received 10% burns on the lateral part of the right side of her face and upper part of the chest.“She is fine, her vitals are stable. The plastic surgeon and the critical cases department are treating the burns,” he said.The attack has raised serious questions about lapses in security. Police said the attack happened during the shift change of the two gunners who were assigned to guard the woman.SP Lucknow Sarvesh Kumar said the police would probe all angles, including the security lapse as the campus was a secured one. “The victim’s family has a long-running dispute with another family in Rae Bareli. We will explore that as well,” said Mr. Kumar.The police are also investigating the previous attacks on her and have rounded up the two men who were arrested — but later granted bail — in connection with the attack in March.The police does not have any CCTV footage so far and has been unable to track from where the miscreants entered the compound of the working women’s hostel in Aliganj locality.According to Stop Acid Attacks, an NGO working with acid attack survivors, the woman was allegedly gangraped in 2009.After she filed a complaint, the two accused allegedly physically assaulted her in 2011 and on December 25, 2013 attacked her with acid.last_img read more

Tertiary Students Encouraged to Apply For EU-Funded Scholarships

first_imgJamaican tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for European-funded scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme.Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said it is an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe.She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, there have been over 38 Jamaican Erasmus scholars. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships in the following fields – Sports Ethics and Journalism.“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.The EU’s Political Counsellor, Gavin Tench, said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master’s programme in Europe”.“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU’s website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en;the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.last_img read more

April 12 2002 The Arcosanti Trench Team ATT wor

first_imgApril 12, 2002 The Arcosanti TrenchTeam (ATT) works to replace an old metal pipe that delivers propane tothe Crafts III building [the Cafe, Bakery, Gallery, andhousing), the Ceramics Apse, and the Arcosanti Foundry. Jung il Kwon, a volunteer, lifts apiece of rock out of the trench. [photo: Jeffrey Manta & text: Scott Riley] RonChandler operates a backhoe equipped with a 1000 lb breaker to helpform the 32″ deep trench into the Basaltic rock-soil matrix on themesa. [photo: JAM & text: swRiley] [photo: JAM] A new 2″ PE(Polyethylene) line will replace the current metal pipe. Licensedplumbers from Prescott placed the pipe. [photo: T & text: swRiley]last_img read more

Rep Lucido bill to allow expert testimony in human trafficking cases

first_img Legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township, which would allow expert testimony to be admissible during criminal cases involving human trafficking, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today.Lucido pointed out the importance of such testimony to explain how victim behavior can be affected by being in a sustained human trafficking environment.“Based on the recommendation of our state’s Human Trafficking Commission, this bill is incredibly necessary,” Lucido said. “Expert witnesses are another reliable and credible resource to go with victim testimony, whether it’s for the defense or the prosecution during trial.  Psychologists can talk about sex abuse, controlling behavior and physical or mental trauma, which these victims often are subjected to in this type of environment. However, we must give the victims an additional credible voice as an option to be used in these cases.”House Bill 4211 will advance to the full House for consideration. 07Mar Rep. Lucido bill to allow expert testimony in human trafficking cases Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more