Going the extra mile

first_imgShattuck has served as superintendent for the past 13 years. In all, she has been with the district for 44 years. Just as the district’s board of education was about to begin a search for her replacement, members asked Shattuck, “Are you sure you want next year to be your final year?” she said. “They said, `We’d really be happy if you decided to stay.’ I said, `OK,”‘ Shattuck said. The new contract does not come with a pay raise. Shattuck’s salary remains at $206,000 a year. Shattuck said she had considered retirement because she could make as much money from her pension as she could working. But then she decided that she doesn’t want to quit working. NORWALK – Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck’s on-again, off-again retirement plans are off again. A year ago, Shattuck announced she would retire as of June of this year. Then she announced she planned to stay on until 2008. Now Shattuck has signed a new contract that will keep her in her job until June 30, 2010. Even so, Shattuck on Monday insisted she plans to be superintendent only until June 30, 2009. Seriously. “There’s more than money to this job,” she said. “I am really committed to this community. I like 99 percent of the job. I don’t have something I’m looking forward to doing, either professionally with consulting or personally.” By staying on, Shattuck said, she also can help the district deal with its declining enrollment, possibly by closing schools. The board already has voted to close Huerta Elementary School in the fall of 2008. “A new superintendent won’t have to deal with that kind of negative issue,” she said. “There’s no way to put a positive spin on closing schools.” Board member Pauline Deal said she’s happy Shattuck decided to stay for at least another year. “We’ve started so many things, it would be nice to see her stay and help us continue,” Deal said. Board member Richard LeGaspi said he, too, is pleased. “It’s good when you’re going through tough times to have an experienced superintendent,” LeGaspi said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Home Instead Donegal to host Recruitment Fair in Falcarragh

first_imgHome Instead Senior Care are holding a Recruitment Fair in Falcarragh at Ionad Naomh Fionnan on Station Road on Monday, February 4th. The care service are looking for caring, compassionate individuals to join their team.The company recently celebrated the launch of its new premises in Letterkenny in December with the Majella O’Donnell doing the honours. If you are interested or have a passion for working with older people then Home Instead are encouraging you to come along and chat about work of a CAREGiver and opportunities about joining the team.Their job desk open from 10.30am to 2.00pm.Tea & Coffee will also be provided.For more information on the Recruitment Fair , call Nicola on 074 91 13050 or email nicola.gallagher@homeinstead.ie Caregiving is simply doing things to enhance the quality of life for older and disabled people and to help keep them independent.Home Instead Senior Care are actively recruiting throughout DonegalWhat’s required:Own transport necessary.What’s provided:Free in-house trainingFlexible hours so you’ll have a schedule that fits your lifeWe believe in caring for our employees as much as we do caring for our clients. Company Benefits:24-hour support 7 days per week.Recognition for outstanding work.Staff events to socialise with peers.Rewarding career and personal development opportunities.Client compatibility.Responsive support staff.Paid annual leave.Training Courses with Home Instead Senior Care; 2 QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Courses:Care SkillsCare of the Older Person.Course locations: January: Donegal TownFebruary: CarndonaghMarch: FalcarraghApril: MilfordMay: DungloeJune: Lifford/StrabaneWhether planning to work in hospitals, in the community or in residential care learners will find these modules stimulating and functional with knowledge which can easily be applied to the workplace within the Healthcare sector. Please contact leesa.mcdermott@homeinstead.ie for more info and to book your place.Home Instead Donegal to host Recruitment Fair in Falcarragh was last modified: February 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)Tags:FalcarraghRecruitment Fairlast_img read more

Bamboo shoots up in Eastern Cape

first_imgBamboo cultivation and its use in productsranging from furniture to biofuel andbaskets, is set to take off in the EasternCape province.(Image: Wikimedia)Emily van RijswijckIt is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and has a multiplicity of uses, from the manufacture of biofuel to decor accessories, furniture and building materials.A miracle plant? No, just the ordinary bamboo, a plant usually associated with Asia and giant pandas, but one which also proves to be well adapted to the dryer conditions of the Eastern Cape.And it is these qualities – and the potential to alleviate poverty in South Africa’s poorest province – which have convinced the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to embark on pilot projects for the cultivation and production of bamboo and its related products.Already a one hectare plot at St Albans near Port Elizabeth has been planted with the evergreen grass, with another two, larger projects of five hectares each taking shape in Centani in the former Transkei and at Ndakana near Stutterheim.The three projects are funded by the ECDC for the benefit of the Eastern Cape community and the plants will be harvested according to the market that is available at that time, confirmed Ken Bern, regional head of the East London-based ECDC.“We are hoping to be able to harvest the first shoots for hand weaving in two years’ time,” he said. For hardwood products used in the making of floorboards or furniture, the bamboo shoots would have to be matured to at least five years.Economically viable within five yearsBamboo can grow at an incredible rate. In temperate conditions it shoots up at three to 10 centimetres per day; in ideal conditions by as much as 100 centimetres per day. One hectare can yield anything from 20 to 40 tons of bamboo and can be economically viable within five years of planting.But it is its incredible adaptability to different, often poor soil conditions and its numerous applications which makes it such an attractive crop, especially for the poorer rural communities of the Eastern Cape.Clumps of these plants can be found around the province, showing that it can grow here successfully, said Pelo Gabaraane, MD of SA Bamboo, the company which has been commissioned by the ECDC to manage the Centani and Ndakana pilots.“The plant is regenerative and fast growing, and provides tremendous potential to fight poverty in the province.”Gabaraane and his colleague Nkosinathi William are project managers at the Centani and Ndakana plantations.Five people have already been employed at each plot and will actively be running the project, with SA Bamboo overseeing operations. For the moment the projects will remain small as this provides the ideal conditions for training the community in the aspects of cultivation and processing, said Gabaraane.“For the moment, the projects are not economically viable. It is simply useful as a teaching mechanism,” he confirmed.The bamboo organisation is already in negotiations with the Department of Economic Development to secure funds for the eventual extension of the project in Ndakana to 300 hectares to achieve greater economic viability, said Gabaraane.At least 300 people will be able to find direct employment at a project of this scale. In the meantime, while the bamboo shoots are small, the land will also be used for intercropping with the planting of vegetables between the bamboo rows.Downstream productsThe pilot projects will focus on passing on skills training for the supply of raw materials in three bamboo related products: basket weaving; furniture and building materials; and biofuels.At the moment South African bamboo furniture producers import all their raw materials from oversees. The Eastern Cape community has the potential to eventually tap into this lucrative market once they start to produce their own bamboo crops on large a scale, Gabaraane believes.“It is important to realise that there are two aspects to the pilot projects, both of which provides skill transfer and employment opportunities,” he said. ”These are the actual cultivating of the product and the downstream processing of the product. We want to make sure that the projects bring about real, viable economic benefits to the larger Eastern Cape community in the long term.”The basket weaving project gets going in January 2012 in Ndakana, with SA Bamboo sourcing mature plants from around the province to train five local women in the equipment and weaving processes used. These products will be available in curio shops around the area.“We believe the community has to be involved in the project from the beginning, from the actual planning phases all the way to the growing and processing of the raw product.”A big stalk of grass Genetically speaking, bamboo is just a very big, sturdy stalk of grass: a stalk of grass with amazing properties. It is said to be able to absorb 30% more carbon than trees and has the ability to grow rapidly in diverse conditions.While pine plantations will only be able to yield a harvest in 20 years, producers of bamboo will be able to harvest their bamboo in no more than five years.In South Africa, the Indian species Bambusa balcooa has been completely naturalised and has been around for over 300 years. As a hardwood for furniture and building related applications, it has no equal.South Africa only has one indigenous bamboo species, the hardy Thamnocalamus tessellatus or berg bamboo. This plant grows in its typical clumps all around the colder Drakensberg region in the south-east of the country.last_img read more

Bringing free wi-fi to the people

first_imgTshwane’s bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, began operations in December 2014 and with it came a world-first in mobile connectivity – commuters get uninterrupted free wi-fi on board. (Image: Project Isizwe)In this world of smartphones and other technological gadgets that need data to work, the rollout of free wi-fi is definitely welcomed – perhaps even crucial.There has been a surge in South Africa towards free wi-fi, driven by the government and the private sector. The city of Tshwane, for example, is one of those metros leading the way with public access. A non-profit organisation called Project Isizwe is another group at the forefront of bringing free wi-fi to the people.Project Isizwe aims to open up access to the internet across South Africa, by facilitating the rollout of free wi-fi in public spaces in low-income communities. Its core focus is to harness the power of the internet in these communities for education, and use it as a catalyst for change.According to research by the Wireless Broadband Alliance and Informa, global public wi-fi hotspot numbers will reach 5.8 million this year, compared to 1.3 million in 2011 – a 350% increase.Project Isizwe is an initiative of former Mxit chief executive Alan Knott-Craig Jr. It all started with the Stellenbosch Free Wi-Fi project, whereby Mxit and the municipality partnered to offer free internet access, specifically in townships. Isizwe is still head-quartered in the Western Cape town.“There’s so much content in the world, the problem is access,” Knott-Craig said. “There really is no better way to help the country than to provide internet access and if you can give it to rural and poor communities you have really hit the nail on the head. They will be able to look for job opportunities, health care services, get their textbooks online instead of waiting for someone to deliver [them].”HOW IT WORKSThe project is rolled out through partnerships with municipalities, which pay the company to roll out the networks and provide support in low-income communities for a few years after completion. The first rollout was in Tshwane. Since launching five live sites in November 2013, there have been 11 000 unique users accessing the networks, and there are consistently more than 1 100 daily visitors.An example of how the money flows from municipalities to Isizwe is how much it cost for phase two of the Tshwane rollout: the R53-million includes all equipment, installation, operation and maintenance of over 210 access points – with a capacity of 5 000 users each – for three years.WI-FI ON THE GOTshwane’s bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, began operations in December 2014 and with it came a world-first in mobile connectivity – commuters get uninterrupted free wi-fi on board. A Re Yeng buses come equipped with connection to 250MB of free wi-fi per device per day, giving users the ability to look for jobs, access education materials and keep in touch with their friends while on the move around their city.Free wi-fi is currently only available on the trunk route, however, which runs between Pretoria Central and Hatfield.And the minibus taxi industry is not being left behind. In partnership with Telkom Mobile, the South African National Taxi Council launched wi-fi enabled taxis, branded Wi-Taxi, in July 2014. The clearly marked taxis have a code that commuters registered on the database can use to connect to the web for free.A taxi trip can be long and boring and in this age of smartphones the free internet access will make the ride more pleasurable.Wi-Taxi South Africa chief executive Brian Mdluli said at the launch: “Commuters [in taxis with wi-fi] will get 50MB for free per month. There will be 200MB per taxi per day.“I can assure you that it won’t cost the consumer extra. If commuters walk into a taxi rank and have access to wi-fi, they will be able to look for jobs and interact with their friends on a social basis. We believe it will contribute to the growth of the country in general, and it’s part of our contribution as the taxi industry to the development of the country.”last_img read more

BCCI suspends Rajasthan Cricket Association to prevent Lalit Modi’s return

first_imgLalit ModiThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday suspended Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) soon after controversial cricket administrator Lalit Modi was declared elected as its president.The decision was taken by BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav in the light of a provision in the Supreme Court order that allowed the world’s richest cricket board take action against the RCA.The BCCI has also decided to issue a show cause notice to the RCA over the contentious election held in December last year. It would now appoint an ad hoc committee to take care of Rajasthan cricket affairs until a full-fledged state body takes charge.Earlier in the day, Modi was declared the winner of the president’s election held on December 19. An SC bench had on April 30 directed the election officer of RCA elections to declare the results on Tuesday. However, it had allowed the BCCI to challenge the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 that enabled Modi to contest for the RCA president’s post for a second time.last_img read more

Pochettino: Man City the best in Europe

first_imgManchester City Pochettino: Manchester City are the best team in Europe right now Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Pep Guardiola Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Manchester City Premier League Clive Mason Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Arsenal Crystal Palace Premier League Pep Guardiola’s side have been irresistible so far this season and the Tottenham boss believes they are, at the moment, the best in Europe Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Manchester City are the best team in Europe following their immense start to the season.City have picked up nine wins from 10 Premier League matches and have a 100 per cent record in Europe, scoring a hatful of goals in the process.City 5/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Their record of 47 goals across those two competitions has them netting 3.35 times per match on average, highlighting how effective they have been going forward.Pochettino’s Tottenham have also been impressing and attracted significant praise for their 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid.But the Argentine believes City are on a different level at the moment.Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Crystal Palace, Pochettino said: “They [City] are doing very well in the Premier League and Champions League, showing unbelievable performances.”The challenge for them is to be consistent for the whole season but they show great quality. Today, right now, they are the best team in Europe.”While Spurs can be expected to cruise against rock-bottom Palace, Pochettino is adamant the visitors will put up a fight and he spoke highly of opposing manager Roy Hodgson.Palace preparations #COYS pic.twitter.com/itaxEf2Y9Y — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 3, 2017 “It will be tough,” Pochettino said. “It is always difficult to play after a game on Wednesday and also because the result was massive, but we must be ready.”Crystal Palace are a good team. True, they struggled at the beginning of the season and changed their manager.”Roy Hodgson is very good, we had good relationship when he was England manager and his team will be organised.”The challenge is to be focused and forget the Real Madrid game and start to think Crystal Palace is another final for us because after defeat against Manchester United it’s important to win again in the Premier League.”last_img read more