Everyday Hero: Miriam Cele

first_imgFounder: Gozololo Day Care CentreWhy is Miriam an Everyday Hero?Eleven years into her retirement and Miriam Cele shows no signs of putting her feet up. Why would she when she has 300 young children to feed and educate every day?Miriam Cele is one of those people who just can’t sit still when work needs to be done. When this work entails giving helpless children hope and a tummy full of food, it’s simply a job well done.In 1997, Miriam established the Gozololo Day Care Center in the KwaMashu township in KwaZulu-Natal to provide care and support to a growing number of traumatised and orphaned children as a result of HIV/Aids.Today, with the help of other “foster grannies”, Gozololo Day Care Centre has numerous satellite centres that now provide care to over 1 200 children in five different communities.In her own words.“It’s not a nice thing to see young children suffering. As a young girl my mother taught me to give. She used to cook a big pot of pap and fed all the children in the community.”Fast FactsGozololo means “stay a while, rest a while” or “halfway house”.The Gozololo model differs from the general institutional model in that a child is placed with a willing child minder at night and attends the care centre during the day.Miriam has 17 years’ experience as a community and development worker.In 2004, Miriam was awarded the Order of the Baobab by President Thabo Mbeki.How can I help?To find out how you can donate your time or money to the Gozololo Day Care Centre, visit their website.Contact the Gozololo Day Care CentreTel: 031 503 1032Fax: 031 503 2933Story published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Barclays shifting jobs back to SA

first_img10 May 2011A Barclays spokesman says the British bank is moving support staff for its African operations from Dubai to South Africa.Perry Jones said on Monday the move will be complete by year’s end and will better position the bank to exploit potential for growth in Africa.Barclays operates in 10 African countries and owns a majority stake in the Absa Group, a South African banking and financial services business.Jones says Barclays is “excited about the growth potential for us in Africa.”Jones says the move involves 120 people. The Africa unit has been based in Dubai since 2007, and before that was previously in South Africa.Sapalast_img read more

Yet Another Rant About Buildings and Food

first_imgI saw a commercial the other day for yet another new prepared food product, Marie Callender’s Home-Style Pasta Creations, sold in microwaveable plastic containers that heat the pasta and sauce separately, presumably making them taste more like something you make at home. I don’t know how they taste, but it sure looks like they will produce a lot of plastic waste if they are successful. I was never a big fan of eating packaged meals at work myself, but I do realize that they are relatively inexpensive, and while not as cheap (or as healthy) as homemade meals, they are definitely easy.Why do we need everything to be easy?I recognize that we live in a fast-paced world, driving frantically from place to place, trying to fit work, play, family, hobbies, and exercise into days that often seem too short. It does seem to me that this type of lifestyle is ultimately a self-destructive one that we should strive to change. Getting back to food, one problem we face is that very few people cook anymore. Whether it is an issue of time, will, ability, or a combination, a large portion of our meals are either eaten out; ordered in; or prepared in a store or factory, brought home, heated, and eaten. We do this because it is easy. It doesn’t necessarily taste better, it certainly isn’t healthier, and it doesn’t cost more than cooking it yourself.Not casting stonesWhile I enjoy cooking, and do so often, I will be the first to admit that I eat out more than I should. Although my fast-food habits lean toward burritos and pizza, and I almost never eat at chain burger or chicken places, I must admit that I am occasionally tempted by those advertisements for $2.99 value meals. Think about it: you can barely buy the raw ingredients for that price even if you wanted to cook it yourself. But then again, how bad will it taste and how much will it clog my arteries? These cheap meals are an indicator of our skewed priorities. We may not realize it, but food is pretty cheap, if not necessarily healthy or tasty. Food costs as a percentage of income have consistently fallen for several decades.As a society, we have become addicted to cheap things. Whether it is a meal, a TV, a computer, or even a house—we always look for the “best” deals, and are proud when we get them, myself included. But are those deals as good as they seem? Lots of cheap fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other long-term health problems. I finally gave up on cheap Windows-based PCs that kept crapping out and paid real money for a Mac (which, incidentally, still cost about 80% less than my first computer). For too many years, people bought houses based on the best price per square foot, which, as my buddy Peter Pfeiffer points out, is like buying cars by the pound. I am hopeful that with the reset in real estate values, we will begin to see more value placed on quality and efficiency in our buildings, displacing some of the emphasis on quantity.Let’s get our priorities straightIt’s time to change how we value the things in our lives. We need to be willing to pay more for quality and stop trying to buy quantity at bargain basement prices. This goes for food, household products, and the houses we put them in. I am willing to spend more for high-quality food from locally owned businesses, live in a better, smaller home that is efficient and healthy, and purchase quality products that will last. I’m not all the way there yet; I still find it hard to pass up a bargain, but I am trying to make the change. If we give it a shot, we should end up healthier, happier, with a little less stuff in our smaller houses, and with fewer plastic lunch containers to throw out at the end of the day.last_img read more

Pak violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri, Poonch

first_imgPakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, an Army spokesman said on Saturday. Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in the Balakote sector of Poonch and Nowshera in Rajouri overnight, drawing befitting retaliation by the Indian Army, he said. The spokesman said Pakistan first violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday followed by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote from 11.45 p.m. to 2 a.m. There was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing on the Indian side, he said. This year, according to officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire over 2,050 times, leaving 21 Indians dead and scores of others injured. India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and the International Border.last_img read more

SHORE CLUB and LONG BAY make the cover of Travel Leisure Special

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#happeningnow, #magneticmedianews, #shoreclubongracebay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 -SHORE Club, is featured as a leading Caribbean vacation resort in the magazine, which is distributed worldwide.The February issue is on stands now and the reveal was made to developer Stan Hartling, CEO,  Hartling Group TODAY.  Hartling was surprised and thrilled at the accolade; dancing at the news which came in one of the penthouse suites at TCIs newest resort.#happeningnow#shoreclubongracebay#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Maroof at Stanbrooks Law

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In our report yesterday on the bail denial of Kirshna Penn in connection with the Kevino Smith killing from 2015, we said that attorney, Laura Maroof was at F Chambers Law firm; we correct that she is actually at the new Stanbrook’s Law firm, we do apologize Ms Maroof.  She is the attorney representing Penn in the murder case which returns to court for a Sufficiency Hearing on April 7.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

New Owner Editor Publisher More Vital Than Ever

first_imgNielsen closed E&P, along with sister publications Kirkus Reviews, last month after it announced the sale of eight media/entertainment brands—including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter—to e5 Global Media, a new company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.The newspaper industry’s dramatic decline, Duncan said, is what made saving E&P so important. “When do you need a magazine like Editor & Publisher more? When everything is going great or in a tie of crisis,”he said. “It’s more vital now than ever.”OK. But how is a newspaper magazine going to mesh with his stable of boating publications?  “Maybe I’m not cerebral enough to worry about things like that, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” said Duncan.”The back end, in terms of production, IT and Web, is the same regardless of the publication. As long as I have separate ad staffs and separate editorial staffs, everything else is the same. We think we can supply all the support services for it, we can bring it into a structure with a much lower overhead, and make it viable.”In terms of editorial direction, Duncan said E&P is and has been right on course, producing best practice-type content for publishers. He said he has no immediate plans to change the magazine’s monthly frequency or circulation.”The magazine has a great staff and we were lucky enough to keep about 80 percent of them,” he said. E&P’s former editor-at-large, Mark Fitzgerald, will now serve as editor, replacing former editor Greg Mitchell, who is no longer with the magazine. Charles McKeown will continue as publisher.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big b-to-b player shutter a magazine, only to be contacted by a smaller publisher who wants to acquire it. Last April, Reed Business Information shuttered all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications Group, which consisted of 14 regional construction titles. John White, the original co-owner of the ACP titles, then reaquired the licenses and relaunched them gradually before the end of the year. The fate of 126-year-old Editor & Publisher is no longer drifting in uncertain waters. The shuttered newspaper magazine was acquired Thursday evening by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., the Irvine, California-based publisher of Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Wait, what? Why in the world would the publisher of boating magazines want to buy a big-name property that covers the newspaper industry?”I published newspapers when I first got into this business and have been reading Editor & Publisher on and off for more than 30 years,” Duncan McIntosh told me over the phone today. “I heard about its closing and thought to myself, ‘That can’t be.’ I started sending e-mails to Nielsen until someone would finally talk to us. And, now, here we are.”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday March 18 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, March 18, 2019:#1) Wilmington Special Education PAC MeetingThe Wilmington Special Education PAC (SEPAC) meets at 6:30pm in the High School Library. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Little Movers At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Little Movers. Let’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Job Networkers MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its weekly Job Networkers Meeting at 10am. In Interviewing Fundamentals 1.0, you learned the dos and don’ts of the job interview. Now, put those skills to work in this low count, high impact session! What’s a good interview?  What’s a poor interview? What are the signs that an interview went well? Through video clips, mock interviews, and in-class feedback, we will examine what it takes to be successful in your next job interview! (2 Hours). Register HERE.#4) Girls Who Code At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its latest Girls Who Code session at 6pm. Learn to code and change the world! Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to educate, inspire, and equip middle & high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. Wilmington is proud to offer a local chapter of this national organization founded with the mission to close the gender gap in the technology field. Grades 6-12. Please contact Technology Librarian Brad McKenna at BMcKenna@Wilmlibrary.org to register.#5) Revive Civility: The Importance Of Being CivilThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its latest Revive Civility program at 7pm. Watch a 48 minute online lecture given by McGill University Professor John A. Hall as he explores the nature and advantages of civility throughout history and in our world today. The aim is to expand our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces—including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war—and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. Combining wide-ranging historical and comparative evidence with social and moral theory, Hall examines how the nature of civility has fluctuated in the last three centuries, how it became lost, and how it was re-established in the second half of the twentieth century following the two world wars. He also considers why civility is currently breaking down and what can be done to mitigate this threat.  Facilitator Keith West will lead a discussion after the online lecture. The discussion will explore how these concepts effect our daily lives, and what actions we can take as individuals.  We’ll identify and grapple with different experiences and perspectives and reinforce the idea that disagreement need not lead to disrespect. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Brazil Petrobras worst strike reduces oil output deepens crisis

first_imgA four-day strike at Brazil’s Petrobras gathered steam on Wednesday, cutting crude and natural gas output from the No 2 South American oil producer and threatening to become the most disruptive walkout at the state-run oil company in 20 years.Oil output in Brazil was about 140,000 barrels a day, or 6.5 percent below pre-strike levels of about 2.1 million barrels a day, said Petroleo Brasileriro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, in a securities filing on Wednesday.Using contingency plans, management restored production that was cut by as much as 273,000 barrels a day, or 13 percent below pre-strike levels on Monday, and by 178,000 barrels a day on Tuesday, or 8.5 percent below levels before the strike began Sunday, said Petrobras.The strike is having a “significant” financial impact on Petrobras, a company source told Reuters late Wednesday, adding that output cuts had not changed significantly from Tuesday.The cuts have already caused the biggest strike-induced hit to Petrobras’ crude output since a 32-day strike in 1995 that led to lines at gas stations and military occupation of refineries. The latest strike is also likely to increase pressure on a company hobbled by a corruption scandal and struggling under $130 billion of debt, the largest in the world oil industry.”This is serious because it is happening in the midst of Brazil’s worst economic crisis in decades and in the middle of Petrobras’ worst crisis ever,” said Adriano Pires, head of the Brazilian Infrastructure Institute, a Rio de Janeiro-based energy research company. “It’s like the unions are saying, ‘Hey, Petrobras is in intensive care. Let’s pull the plug!'” Members of Brazil’s national oil workers’ federation said Petrobras was underestimating output losses. Production cuts are as much as a quarter of Petrobras Brazilian output, or just over 500,000 barrels a day, said Brazil’s biggest oil union federation in a statement late on Wednesday.The union, though, did admit it has not cut output as much as hoped. Production from the giant Roncador offshore oil field in Brazil’s Campos Basin continued on Wednesday despite production-vessel workers joining the strike, said a union spokesman, denying media reports of an output shutdown.Petrobras’ management has said in the past it can maintain operations with no impact to fuel supplies in Brazil for a week or 10 days at the most. The company bought 82,000 cubic metres (515,764 barrels) of gasoline from Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, bolstering supplies in November, said Petrobras management.The strike aims go far beyond a call for an 18 percent salary increase. The workers also seek to block planned asset sales, reverse budget cuts and protect Petrobras’ right to lead the bulk of new offshore oil development.Petrobras has offered an 8.1 percent salary increase, but wages are not the key issue, say union representatives.”This movement is a clear and open criticism of the government’s economic policies,” said Deyvid Bacelar, a union activist and worker representative, on Petrobras’ board of directors.Those goals, some of which can only be guaranteed by Brazil’s Congress, will be hard for Petrobras to meet.Without $50 billion of planned assets sales and cuts to a five-year investment plan that was recently the world’s largest, Petrobras risks being unable to pay its massive debts, Chief Executive Officer Aldemir Bendine told Congress last month.If prolonged, the strike will worsen the company’s struggles to raise output and reduce debt, the Standard & Poor’s debt-rating agency said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Researcher spots tomb on NASAs Mars image says it could be aliens

first_imgET Data Base/NASASelf-proclaimed alien researcher Scott C Waring has apparently spotted a tomb-like structure on Mars from a NASA image, and he believes that it is concrete evidence of alien life on Mars. The researcher revealed that the tomb is more than 2 meters long, and it has some mysterious carvings on its surface.”The tomb is a little bit bigger than 2 meters long. It looks to be 2.1-2.2 meters long. That would match up to the size of tombs here on earth. The top of the tomb seems to be slightly raised in one corner so we know that the tomb is hollow and this is a lid. Also, the sides of the tomb have sculptures in it, but the photos detail is too poor to make out for certain what those carvings are. Still, I am just surprised that I had found this today. This is absolutely 100 percent proof that intelligent aliens one thrived on Mars,” wrote Scott C Waring on his website ET Data Base.Waring who is now operating from Taiwan also added that these alien civilizations who initially lived on the Martian surface might be now living in underground bases to escape from the increasing temperature.This is not the first time that Scott C Waring is spotting anomalies on NASA images captured from the Red Planet. A few weeks back, Scott C Waring discovered fossil-like structures on Mars, and he claimed that aliens might be living or might have lived there. After making this discovery, Scott C Waring also urged the United States President Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. Waring claimed that he will reveal all the details about extraterrestrial life once he gets a chance to work as the head of the United States space agency.Even though Scott C Waring’s discoveries used to get positive reviews from conspiracy theorists, experts have always dismissed these claims classifying it as a classic case of pareidolia. As per experts, pareidolia is a peculiar capability of the human brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.last_img read more