January 3

Former Netherlands star warns Sterling: ‘Real Madrid is too big a step’

first_imgBolo Zenden believes moving to Real Madrid would be too big a step for Raheem Sterling to make at this part of his career.The 20-year-old is expected to push for a transfer away from Liverpool this summer having refused their offer of a new contract.Real are being linked with a big-money swoop for Sterling, with new Bernabeu boss Rafa Benitez admitting he is an ‘admirer’ of the England international.But Zenden believes the starlet would be better served moving to another Premier League club if he does decide to leave Anfield.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Liverpool and Chelsea star said: “For Raheem, to go to Manchester City is an easier step than Real Madrid.“Madrid is a massive, massive club with a lot of expectations and when you go abroad there is a lot coming at you that you are not used to. You have to adapt and we have seen before it is not for everybody, especially at the age Sterling is.“I think he should play a bit more, get that experience, and maybe make that step later on.”last_img read more

December 19

My story goes like this

first_imgI have been a learner in the 1980s, and in that era there was certainly no career pathing or assistance for people of my colour to get into good jobs or careers.Having excelled in sports at provincial level and having had a good pass in matric I was compelled to take up teaching as a profession. I sucessfully completed my studies after 3 years and got into brass tacks.From 1986 I have been always persistent that matric learners be given guidance on how to choose wisely.After marrying I had to moveAfter marrying I had to move to the rural area of Kwazulu Natal, and I made this type of guidance my priority.Being a disadvantaged person with many financial difficulties, I continued to study and I am currently completing my Doctorate in Educational Psychology.I have voluntarily assisted my community by gettting into the social forum. I began to work giving grade 10, 11 & 12 learners motivation and career pathing choices since 2004.I have managed to secure a very strong working relationship in my community, networking with community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations to give our learners maximum assistance to fulfill their needs and curiosity.Now we can choose from many jobsI have planned very successful career expos for secondary school learners, incorporating all universities, colleges and technikons that can guide our youth.This is merely because now we can choose from many jobs, and not having sufficient information can hinder our progress.I also do counselling for HIV/AIDS and general counselling for people in distress free of charge. I initiated the first Aids Council in Umkomaas, where learners used to form a committee to conscientise the public about the HIV/AIDS scourge right from 1999.I think that this inspirational input to our society needs mileage.Thank you.Story submitted to SAinfo on 9 April 2008last_img read more

December 17

Notice of election: Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees districts are up for election in 2017 and are currently accepting petitions. OSC Trustees serve one term of three years and may only serve three consecutive terms. Two incumbents currently filling the positions are term-limited and two are eligible to run again.District 3: Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Huron, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit, and Trumbull CountiesJeff Magyar (incumbent) is eligible to run againDistrict 4: Defiance, Paulding, and Van Wert CountiesTerry McClure (incumbent) is not eligible to run againDistrict 6: Crawford, Seneca, and Wyandot CountiesSteve Reinhard (incumbent) is not eligible to run againDistrict 11: Clark, Greene, and Madison CountiesCharlie Troxell (incumbent) is eligible to run againCandidates must have grown soybeans within the last three years in one of the counties listed above to be eligible. If interested, candidates must complete a petition which can be accessed on the OSC website at www.soyohio.org. All petitions must be mailed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and postmarked by July 3, 2017. For questions, contact Kirk Merritt, OSC executive director, at 614-476-3100 or [email protected]last_img read more

December 16

Code Changes Call for More Insulation and Reduced Cathedral Ceiling Area

first_imgSTEP 2: MORE INSULATION, LESS CATHEDRAL CEILING (TABLE N1102.1 IRC AND IECC)The code: In numerous areas of Chapter 11, insulation requirements have been increased or trade-offs that allowed for insulation reductions have been removed. This effectively improves the thermal envelope to retard heat flow. For example, floor insulation increased in two climate zones; basement insulation increased in several climate zones.What it means to you:In colder zones (5-8) there is a small but effective increase in insulation in walls, floors, and basements.In addition to these modest increases, there was one significant change. Cathedral ceilings tend to have limited insulation and can account for large energy losses. The IRC has now limited the area of certain types of cathedral ceilings — those with reduced insulation levels — to either 20% of the entire ceiling area or 500 sq. ft., whichever is less. (There is no limitation on cathedral ceilings that are fully insulated.)Basement insulation was also added to portions of Climate Zone 3 where, previously, you were not required to install it.While some of these code changes occur only in the IECC and not in the IRC, it is important to note that either energy code can be used for those building single-family homes. Generally, the added costs of increased insulation material will be minor and the labor costs should not change, compared to the energy savings realized.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency—air-sealing measures and increased insulation, for example—but also address sustainable building practices, such as moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: Insulation Part 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders 9 Steps to A Greener CodeRecent spikes in energy costs have increased the attention on regulatory measures that limit energy waste. Those same energy price increases have also gained the attention of President Obama, who made energy efficiency central to his stimulus package, specifying the need to improve energy efficiency in 2 million homes.Last week we looked at air sealing, this week we look at insulating. In cold zones the level of insulation has increased, and so has the size of allowable cathedral ceilings.last_img read more