WICB wants history of cricket in schools

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the ‘History of Cricket’ added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations for Physical Education in the future.Beckford says the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.”Physical education (PE) is already on the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) curriculum,” she says. “Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political. If a young student passes through the region and does physical education, they’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well.”ON THE PANELBeckford was a member of the panel that looked at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabus for physical education.”Physical education is being looked at broadly. For example, at the SBA (School Based Assessment) level, you could jolly well do a cricket project as part of your assessment. It’s just to get it as a subject matter for PE,” she says.She adds that CXC already has a responsibility to foster Caribbean unity.”Caribbean unity [can already be seen] through CXC, CARICOM, Caribbean exports, and all those organisations that seek to unify the region.”CXC is from an academic development perspective, and cricket is a topical subject. The history is important. It’s not just about pride; it’s about carrying on the legacy of what cricket has done and what it continues to do for the Caribbean.”Beckford and the WICB have been meeting with CXC in order to make curriculum addition a reality and she says talks between both organisations are still ongoing.- R.P.last_img read more

Liberia Reminds Turkey of Air Travel

first_imgThe Liberian Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the Government of Turkey to open new air routes to Liberia as per the Agreement, which was signed between the two nations in May, 2013.The Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dehpue Y. Zuo, said the air services of Turkey to Liberia will not only help to boost the economy of the country but alleviate the health crisis amidst the decline of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has claimed the lives of well over 2,000 Liberians.The Assistant Minister made the assertion  last Wednesday when the People and Government of Turkey through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA),  donated 156 boxes of medical and hygiene supplies to the fight against the Ebola, valued about US$60,000.Assistant Minister Zuo, in a brief comment, urged Turkey’s Consul General in Liberia, Mr. Lusinee F. Kamara, Sr., to convey the government’s message to the people and government of Turkey.“First, we just want say that the Liberian people are happy to have Turkey to identify with us at a time like this.  We also want to remind Turkey that in May-2013, we signed some agreements.  One of these   we want to be implemented is the air services,” Mr. Zuo said. “On behalf of Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, we believe that in times like these more flights are needed in the country.”Assistant Minister Zuo’s appeal stemmed from the issue of “empty promises of some Airways,” which promised to resume flights in Liberia after suspending flights to Ebola-hit West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Kenya Airways, British Airways, ASKY Airlines, Arik Air of Nigeria and Emirates Airlines suspended flights to Liberia, although some of those airlines later reversed their decisions.“If the people and government of Turkey can open air routes [to] Liberia, it would be a big accomplishment and maybe all other flights would resume operations in Liberia,” Assistant Minister Zuo said.It may be recalled that  according a dispatch from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the head of a six-man Liberian delegation,  concluded a weeklong visit to Turkey with the donation of twenty (20) buses to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) by the City of Istanbul, Turkey.Of the 20 buses, four will be given to the Liberia National Police (LNP) while one goes to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) making the donation a reality was signed on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at a colorful ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey.Additionally, the Turkish government has donated two ambulances to the Health Ministry and most recently 150 boxes of medical and hygiene supplies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa Celebrates 5th Anniversary

first_imgThe Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) will today begin the celebration of its fifth birth anniversary in Monrovia.The event, which is expected to run from today, February 16, to Saturday February 18, is expected to bring together Liberians from diverse backgrounds including renowned activist Etweda Cooper, the student community and Ghanaian author/activist, Ama Ata Aidoo.GPFA’s founder and president, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, told the Daily Observer that the foundation’s fifth anniversary celebration aims to adore the goodness of God and to appreciate those who have been supportive under the years in review.“Winning the Nobel Peace Prize was a great joy for me, but coming back home to work for my continent is even a greater joy,” Madam Gbowee said.She added that a feminist lecture series entitled “Herstory” will today be held from 6: p.m. to 9 p.m. at a Bella Cassa Hotel in Sinkor with the objective to afford students and other readers of ‘Dilemma of the Ghost’ (an inspiring novel from Ghana) to interact with and learn from its author, Ama Ata Aidoo.“Day two of the event constitute dinner and dance, and will be held beginning at 7p.m. at the Monrovia City Hall with the objective to raise US$50,000 for the foundation’s scholarship program, which will focus on the disabled community,” Madam Gbowee said.The Nobel Peace Laureate further noted that the anniversary’s celebration will climax on Saturday with a “Breakfast Walk and Talk” at 7a.m at Musu Spot in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Olmert rebuked over war

first_imgJERUSALEM – In extraordinarily strong language, a high-level investigative panel sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday for “severe failure” in his handling of the war in Lebanon – a potentially fatal blow to his political survival. Whether Olmert can hang on to his job will depend on how the Israeli people respond to the panel’s report, which blamed him for “hastily” rushing into a war the army was not prepared to wage and that many Israelis think emboldened the Jewish state’s enemies. An expressionless Olmert stared straight ahead and slumped against the back of his chair as the panel’s chairman read the report, which cited “a severe failure in the lack of judgment, responsibility and caution.” However, Olmert vowed to remain in office despite calls for his resignation from coalition partners as well as opponents. He also promised that failures “will be remedied.” “It would not be correct to resign,” he said in a brief televised statement from his office, “and I have no intention of resigning.” Instead, he said he would convene a special session of his Cabinet on Wednesday to begin implementing the report. While Olmert’s fate was uncertain, Eitan Cabel of the Labor party, a minister without portfolio, said through a spokesman Tuesday that he was resigning to protest the critical findings. Cabel was the first member of the government to step down following the report. Olmert’s best hope for remaining in office appeared to rest in his coalition partners’ fear of new elections, which polls predict would bring opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu of the hard-line Likud Party to power. Olmert’s centrist Kadima Party might seek to replace him, which would put the popular foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, in a good position to become Israel’s second female prime minister. The report capped a six-month investigation into the war, which erupted July 12 when Hezbollah guerrillas killed three soldiers and captured two others in a cross-border raid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

THREE AND EASY FOR LIMERICK AS HARPS SHOOT BLANKS

first_imgNot even the return of inspirational striker Kevin McHugh was enough to spur Finn Harps on as they were well beaten by title-chasers Limerick FC tonight.Harps started well and had a couple of decent chances through McHugh and Shaun McGowan.But it was Limerick who drew first blood when highly-rated striker Denis Behan beat Ciaran Gallagher on the half hour. Harps kept to score to a minimum as the sides went into the break.However disaster struck after the restart when McGowan got his marching orders and form the resulting penalty was slotted home by Shane Treacy to make it 2-0.The game was over as a contest by now and Pat Scully’s side made it 3-0 through Gaffney.  THREE AND EASY FOR LIMERICK AS HARPS SHOOT BLANKS was last modified: June 29th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsLimerick FClast_img read more

Chelsea willing to offer big wage to Serie A defender as transfer edges closer

first_imgChelsea are ready to hand Roma defender Kostas Manolas a £4.4million salary in order to make him one of Maurizio Sarri’s first signings as manager.Sarri is reportedly close to taking charge at Stamford Bridge and already has a list of players he is desperate to sign. 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Furthermore, the Corriere dello Sport have suggested that Chelsea will tempt to lure him away from Roma with the promise of a bumper contract.A move to Stamford Bridge would also represent the chance of a reunion with former defensive partner Antonio Rudiger, who arrived last summer. three-way race Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star heading off GOSSIP LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly RANKED REAL DEAL IN DEMAND Latest transfer news And 27-year-old central defender Manolas is said to feature prominently, with Sarri keen to bolster the backline as quickly as possible.According to reports in Italy, the Blues are ready to activate Manolas’ £31.5million release clause having established him as their top defensive target. Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder ‘perfect fit” Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing WHITE KNIGHT take zlat Roma star Kostas Manolas has been linked with a switch to Chelsea this summer. Roma star Manolas celebrates his historic goal against Barcelona in the Champions League last season. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Calleja, Price push Warriors past Crusaders

first_imgOJ Calleja had three rushing touchdowns, Ethan Price had two touchdowns on offense and two interceptions on defense and the Del Norte “road” Warriors outlasted St. Bernard’s for a 42-31 victory Saturday afternoon on the road at St. Bernard’s High School.“Today’s win was fantastic,” Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said. “It’s been a long time since we beat St. Bernard’s, so to finally come out here and get one is great for our team and our momentum heading into playoffs.”Saturday’s contest was …last_img read more

Missile just misses UK passenger jet

first_imgA Thomson Airways aircraft with 189 passengers aboard came “within 1,000ft” of a rocket as it approached Sharm El Sheikh, it has emerged.According to the Daily Mail the Thomson flight from London Stansted “only took evasive action after the pilot spotted the missile.”The Boeing 757 landed safely, and passengers were not told they had been seconds from disaster.The Daily Mail adds that the revelation comes amid claims, reported by the Sun, British jihadists had spoken about an Islamic State ‘mole’ at Sharm el-Sheikh airport minutes after a Metrojet plane crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 on board.According to the Sun, British extremists were discussing details of the plot in online chatter picked up by US intelligence officers. Sources told the newspaper there was suggestion there might still be an Islamic State agent active in Sharm el-Sheikh airport.The Daily Mail reported that UK Department for Transport confirmed the Thomson near-miss incident took place on August 23 – just two months before the Metrojet plane crash.Thomson initially declined to comment to the Daily Mail but later said: “Thomson Airways can confirm that an event was reported by the crew of flight TOM 476 on 23rd August 2015.”“Upon landing into Sharm el-Sheikh, an initial assessment was conducted and the event was immediately reported to the UK Department for Transport (DfT) in line with established protocol.”“The DfT conducted a full investigation in conjunction with other UK Government experts. After reviewing the details of the case, the investigation concluded that there was no cause for concern and it was safe to continue our flying programme to Sharm el Sheikh.” A UK government spokesman said: “We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time.”In July, the Foreign Office warned British tourists of a “high threat” from terrorism and advised against travelling to northern Sinai.last_img read more

Worn clothes can make a difference

first_imgLightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycled and resold will benefit girls from disadvantaged backgrounds as the proceeds from the sales will go to an educational fund.The founders of For Black Girls Fashion Trade, Hlumisa Mbanga, Nasiphi Fazi and Kuhle Dumeduze at the launch, with the co-founders of Black Creatives Forum, Jamiel Soeker and Rashied Rahbeeni.Ray MaotaAn education fund will be set up from the proceeds of the sales of lightly worn clothing donated by the public. A non-profit organisation that trades fashion for education, For Black Girls Fashion Trade, is behind the initiative.Launched at the end of 2016, For Black Girls Fashion Trade collects lightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycles the items with the input of up-and-coming fashion designers, and resells the clothing for a profit. This profit is then invested in an education fund that is used to help black girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with school fees, school books, school uniforms, school shoes, sanitary products, mentorship, and career and life guidance.For Black Girls Fashion Trade is a coming together of young, black women who want to give back to black communities, especially young girls.These women are: founder, marketing and communications director Nasiphi Fazi, digital marketing director Hlumisa Mbanga, and financial director Kuhle Dumeduze.Their initiative was well received by the media; so much so in fact, that before the trio had even launched the organisation, Fazi was being interviewed on national TV.“I polished up a press release that had sat on my desktop and mailed it to TV shows and radio stations and then a national TV breakfast show called that same day,” she said.She added: “We had to buckle up. So we started Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We bought a domain and launched the website.”The public can arrange a donation by visiting For Black Girls Fashion Trade or emailing info@forblackgirlsfashion.comLaunching the organisationGiven the flurry of interviews and interest, the partners had to launch the organisation quickly.The launch took place on 4 November 2016 at the GSB MTN Solution Space in Philippi, in Western Cape.Fazi said: “We just had to hustle. We got Shoprite Checkers to cater for the event and Cape Town College of Fashion Design came on board for the upcycling of the clothes. A friend who works with fibreglass brought us mannequins, and we got GSB MTN Solutions Space to let us use their venue in Philippi.”At the intimate evening, attended by close friends and family, as well as business partners and sponsors, the 50 guests could make their first donation, learn more about the organisation and bid for an item of clothing. The proceeds were donated to the cause.The reception the initiative received means the team now has to juggle their careers as well as the organisation, while trying to make sense of their own lives.“The publicity got us to a place where we had to pull our socks up because we’re in the public eye, and that’s what I like – it motivates me and gets me going,” said Fazi.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Why North America Needs Its Own Passive House Standard

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESRedefining PassivhausAn Inside Look at the New PHIUS StandardNew Passive House Rules Take EffectNew Passive Building Standards for North AmericaA New Passivhaus Standard for North AmericaPossible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate A Petition Strives to Defend a Certain Definition of ‘Passive House’ A Proposed Passivhaus Amendment for New EnglandBuilding Science Corp. and PHIUS to Collaborate There’s this thing called passive house. It’s a terrible name. Almost everyone agrees on that. Look at how its adherents are driven to a frenzy and you’ll see that the name doesn’t really fit. The houses themselves aren’t passive either, but let’s leave that aside for now.Let’s talk about numbers and objectives. The North American Passive House program of PHIUS grew out of the German Passivhaus program, which has one set of targets for the whole world. Now PHIUS has adapted the German standard to suit North America. It’s an important change. And the frenzy of the adherents has been fun to watch!The Passivhaus requirementsFirst, let me say a few words on terminology. When I use the word “Passivhaus,” I’m referring to the German program promulgated by the Passivhaus Institut. When I use the term “Passive House,” I’m talking about the North American program of PHIUS (which, by the way, stands for Passive House Institute U.S.). And if I use the term “passive house,” in lower case, I’m talking about the whole concept.The two basic Passivhaus requirements put limits on a home’s heating load (either peak or annual) and on the primary energy (also known as source energy). Here they are, as shown on the PHI website:Heating:  Annual load ≤ 15 kWh per square meter (4.75 kBTU per square foot) of net living space (what PHI calls treated floor area) or peak load â‰¤ 10 W per square meter (3.2 BTU/hour per square foot)Primary energy:  ≤ 120 kWh per square meter (38 kBTU per square foot) of treated floor area per year They added cooling load requirements similar to the heating loads for places that need cooling. The PHI standard also has an airtightness requirement (≤ 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals, ACH50) and a comfort requirement based on temperatures in the house. Then you look a little further and find other measures for the efficiency of the ventilation system used and the U-values of the windows installed. So it’s not really as simple a program as rumor has it, but the basic targets are the same everywhere.There’s more detail in there when you really dig in, but it’s really a simple, elegant standard. It’s really appealing to think all you have to do is meet a few requirements that are the same the world over.But will it work for North America?Professor John Straube, one of the smartest and most knowledgeable people in building science, wrote a critique of the Passivhaus program in 2009. He compared homes designed to meet Passivhaus requirements with homes in the US Department of Energy’s Building America program. It’s a great read and a good starting point to understand why the Passivhaus standard needed modification for North America. Here’s his conclusion:Achieving the specific Passivhaus target of 15 kWh/m2/yr for heating on site energy use, results in investment of materials and money that often will exceed other less costly and environmentally impactive solutions. Achieving the equally arbitrary 120 kWh/m2/yr has more direct environmental benefits than the heating target, but may best (i.e., with least cost and environmental damage) be achieved using some on-site or renewable off-site power generation.As new clean, local, and renewable energy sources come on line over the next 25 years and become more affordable than current PV prices, it is unlikely that the extreme conservation measures taken by PassivHaus to meet the specific requirements will be considered an optimal deployment of resources for cold climate housing.The following year, Alex Wilson of Building Green also found the Passivhaus program unsuited to the needs of North America. He listed three main deficiencies, and gave corresponding recommendations.“In climates with very high heating or cooling loads, the Passive House standard right now may be too difficult to achieve.” His recommendation was to focus on the source energy rather than the heating and cooling loads in really hot or cold climates. After all, homes in a really cold climate won’t need much (or any) allowance for cooling load so “why not allow some of that energy to be used for heating?” The key is the source energy.Passivhaus targets are based on floor area. Wilson noted the implication: “larger houses can use more energy and meet the standard, and it’s harder to certify small houses.” The airtightness requirement is based on ach50, which also is lends a bias toward larger homes.Give some incentive for existing buildings to do passive house. “Solving our climate crisis will require a huge focus on existing buildings, and a strong standard like [Passivhaus] could be a tremendously important tool in getting there. But it’s just too hard to achieve right now.” He suggested convening a panel of experts to “come up with a more reasonable Passive House Retrofit Standard for North America.”Lloyd Alter of Treehugger saw Wilson’s article and wrote about it as well. In his 2010 article, Passivhaus: Too Rigid and Inflexible for America, he summarized Wilson’s critique and ended with, “Good points all.”And they were right. Passivhaus was a boutique program and was destined to remain a boutique program with the PHI requirements.Introducing the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building StandardPHIUS was an independent organization working as the agent of PHI in North America when Straube and Wilson wrote their critiques. In 2011, PHI canceled the contracts it had with PHIUS. In 2014, PHIUS introduced its new climate-specific passive house standard.In the standard adaptation report, they wrote of the problems with the one-size-fits-all approach, “In some climates this has led to very costly projects; in others it has produced significant thermal comfort issues.” [p. 5] I’m likely to be accused of denigrating PHI by writing this, but the truth is the Passivhaus standard needed modification. Here’s another quote from the report:Almost every project offered a new climate challenge. These circumstances sometimes resulted in projects that had the same overheating problems as early “mass-and-glass” designs from the 1970s. In other instances — in Louisiana for example — the German-derived standard did not account for humidity loads and predicted cooling demands inaccurately. [p. 5]As a result, PHIUS made some changes while keeping the overall structure and intent of Passivhaus. It’s still passive house, but now it has diverged from Passivhaus a bit. Here are the main changes:Airtightness:  Go from 0.6 ACH50 to 0.05 cfm50/square foot of gross enclosure area.Source energy:  (1) Change from per square foot basis to per person; (2) Change the source energy factor to the US average of 3.16; (3) Base the lighting and miscellaneous electrical loads on American numbers (from RESNET); (4) “Set the source energy limit to 6,200 kWh/person/year and tighten it to 4,200 kWh/person/year within a few years;” and (5) Account for photovoltaic (PV) inputs or other on-site renewable electricity the same way solar hot water is.Space conditioning:  The annual and peak heating and cooling load targets vary by climate.There’s a whole lot packed into those three items! The first one is something that some of us have been calling for for a long time. I wrote about the problem with ACH in two articles (here and here) back in 2010. As Wilson noted in his article, ACH is biased toward larger houses.The source energy changes are mostly about making the program fit the reality of North American buildings and giving PV a fair shake. The more fundamental change is going from a target based on floor area to one based on the number of people. Exploring that last part is probably worth its own article.And finally, making the standard climate-specific is only one of the big changes, and that happens with the heating and cooling load targets. Now instead of 4.75 kBTU per square foot or 3.2 BTU per square foot, you use the targets developed for the climate where the project is located. Go to the PHIUS+ standard page and click on a location on the map to find out what your numbers are.A lot of science that went into developing this new passive house standard. PHIUS worked with Building Science Corporation using a U.S. Department of Energy grant. I’m tempted to jump into explaining the optimization process right now, but let’s save that for another time. I’ve already thrown a lot at you in this article. If you want to understand the science behind the changes, download and read the standard adaptation report (pdf).PHI has made some tweaks to Passivhaus over the years, and it’s better than it used to be. That’s great. The changes made by PHIUS are more extensive and, I believe, more suitable to the realities of construction in North America.Stop complaining; we’ve got work to do!One of the main goals of passive house is to decrease our impact on the environment, right? We’ve got some serious problems that we can help solve by reducing energy use. We ought to be looking at the best way to do that. It’s ludicrous to think that the numbers 4.75 or 0.6 were handed down from God. (I heard it was written on the back those tablets Moses brought down from the mountain.) Our goal is to design, build, and renovate buildings so they’re comfortable, durable, healthful, and energy efficient. Passive house could, and should, be the best way to do that.The Passivhaus program as it existed when it came over from Germany 15 years ago was flawed. GBA editor Martin Holladay is another critic who’s been pointing the way to a better program over the past decade. Here’s a sketch he made clearly illustrating that the program had problems. Which scenario do you think will save the most energy?We don’t always have the ability to spread out those seven layers of insulation among seven houses, but we’ve got to keep our eyes on the bigger picture. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to have myopia when it comes to this subject. If PHIUS gives a rationale for its modified standard, we’re accused of “denigrating PHI.” Because we’ve modified the standard, we’re told we shouldn’t call ourselves passive house. If we say, “Less filling,” they say, “Tastes great.” We just can’t win!Get over it already! PHIUS does passive house. We have a modified standard. We’re here to stay. Now, we’ve got work to do. Anyone who’s interested, come along and join us. Or do it your own way. If you’re curious to find out what PHIUS is up to, come to Philadelphia in September for the 11th annual North American Passive House Conference.Let the frenzy begin! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more