Read Full Story With its picturesque island beaches, festive and colorful luaus, and a summery climate year round, many view Hawaii as the ultimate tropical paradise. “There is no question that Hawaii is a beautiful place,” said Jim Secreto, M.P.P. ’11. “But the experience that tourists have while visiting Hawaii masks the very real, day-to-day struggles of the people that live there.”Secreto explored issues of affordable housing and transit-oriented development for the city of Honolulu this past summer as an Ash Center Summer Fellow in Innovation. His work with a team of dedicated staff resulted in the city securing a $2.3 million joint grant from the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development to further improve transit-oriented development in the region.“This is wonderful news for our community, and it reflects the hard work and cooperation of many people,” said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle in a recent press release. “We are committed to making sure rail transit and transit-oriented development projects are done right, and this grant will be a big help.”Honolulu has recently broken ground on a high-capacity rail corridor transit project to be completed in 2019 which would build 20 miles of rail lines connecting the western side of the island to the city center. By 2030, the majority of Honolulu’s jobs and population are expected to be along this corridor. With the rail project under way, the city of Honolulu has taken this timely opportunity to evaluate ways to make the city more livable for its residents. As part of this effort, Secreto and his colleagues’ winning grant application requests funding to improve Honolulu’s economic competitiveness by increasing opportunities for affordable housing and public transport.
SEA BRIGHT – Kicking off the new year, an original anthem to Sandy survival was born.Grammy nominated artist Linda Chorney was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy when her Sea Bright home was flooded. Fellow musician Michael Ghegan, whose Red Bank home also suffered storm damage, collaborated on a song called Bright Sea (Gonna Rise).Chorney premiered her song during VH1’s Christmas in Sea Bright special in a performance that moved the audience to tears.The recorded studio version now is available for download on Nimbit Music. Part of the proceeds will go to seabrightrising.org.
Should your children play contact sports? There is new information available to parents about the longer-term health effects to consider when making decisions about which sports to encourage, and what precautions to take for contact sports.The Mayo Clinic is a well-respected medical research and treatment facility in the US. A recent Mayo Clinic news release links participation in contact sports such as boxing, football, wrestling, basketball and other sports that involve bashing others and getting bashed in turn (dare I mention hockey?) with a high incidence of a progressive degenerative brain disease called “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” (CTE).It had already been established that many professional athletes who are exposed to repeated head impacts have a higher incidence of CTE than others. The new study shows that even people who just played high-impact sports as amateurs, or even just in school, also have a significantly higher incidence of CTE. What does CTE do? CTE causes wasting away of brain tissue. Early symptoms of CTE include headaches and loss of ability to concentrate. Later, a CTE sufferer may demonstrate short-term memory loss, depression and irritability, difficulty making decisions, emotional instability and impulsive behaviour. In the later stages, all of these may become worse; the person may show aggression, difficulties with speech and language, vision problems, difficulty with muscular weakness or control, and dementia.Authors of the Mayo Clinic study emphasize that they value the mental and physical health benefits of playing sports, but that it is extremely important to protect players’ heads from injury — even “mild” impacts.Other factors are also implicated in CTE, including a possible genetic predisposition, as well as stress, and alcohol and substance abuse.The Mayo Clinic website says, “CTE causes ongoing pathological changes that once are started, continue to have an effect for years or decades after the original traumatic brain injury or after an individual retires from a sport. Symptoms progress throughout an individual’s life.”And meanwhile …You and your offspring can make joint decisions about what activities best suit your family. Team sports that tend to be high-impact? You can consider how best to protect the player from head injuries. Or you can decide that other activities may pose less risk of mental decline in later years: skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, swimming, dancing, hiking, running … there’s really no shortage of relatively violence-free sports to enjoy. And while considering which sports to encourage, parents might also consider the recent identification of “nature deficit disorder,” a result of spending too little time outdoors in natural surroundings such as forests, and away from machines and electronic devices. It’s not a medical diagnosis, but can better be appreciated by reading a book called “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.
Gardai caught a motorist travelling speeding in a 100kpm zone in the Kilmacrennan area this week. The car was clocked by speed detection devices travelling at 122kph near the town centre.Once apprehended, the driver in question then failed a roadside breath test. The driver is set to receive a fine for speeding, drink driving and faces a three-month ban.Officers with the road policing unit have appealed to drivers to slow down.Driver caught speeding at 122kph while over the legal limit in Kilmacrennan was last modified: June 14th, 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)
An ambitious Donegal woman has set out to inspire women in construction as she competes in this year’s Miss Universe Ireland competition.Dearbhla Walsh from Kerrykeel is a Top 30 finalist in Miss Universe Ireland 2019. An experienced pageant titleholder, she will be hoping to do Donegal proud once more as she takes to the stage of The Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday night.All eyes will be on Facebook Live on August 1st to find out who will win reigning queen Grainne Gallanagh’s crown. The Buncrana woman placed in the Top 20 of the 2018 world final in Thailand last December. But there has to be a new queen, and Dearbhla is hoping to be that new role model.The 26-year-old has a strong message to share about her career. With a BSc Hons degree in Quantity Surveying, Dearbhla shows that you can be a ‘girly girl’ and succeed in the male-dominated construction industry.She has set out to encourage more women to enter the industry. “Many females are put off thinking it’s manual labour, but that’s not the case. I feel it’s time for a change,” Dearbhla told Donegal Woman. Dearbhla has been working in London for the past two years and is currently studying for her chartership. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she describes herself as ‘like legally blonde, but more like construction blonde!’She said: “For me, I am feminine and a girly girl. But there’s no heavy lifting or physical work. I’m a professional, I’m in my office, I’m dealing with all the costs and projects. Once a month I’m out assessing the site.“It’s an amazing job and no day is the same. You don’t know what type of building you’re going to get. I love the diversity, you learn so much every single day.”Dearbhla’s ultimate ambition is to be a TV Presenter for a construction related show like ‘Room to Improve’ or ‘Grand Designs’, offering expert advice on builds.Dearbhla WalshDearbhla previously held the title of Miss Earth Northern Ireland in 2015 and was crowned Miss Derry in 2014, as her mum Siobhán is from the county.This time, she is looking forward to wearing the Miss Donegal sash. “I’m so proud to be representing Donegal. It’s my home and I try to come back as much as I can because I am really close with my family,” she said.Applying for MUI, Dearbhla said, enables her to share her passion for being a female Quantity Surveyor. She is also promoting a unique initiative she is developing through work.“I am part of a team working on an initiative for supporting a tutoring programme to help underprivileged children improve their mathematical ability in the boroughs of London.“We hope to help children with mathematics and hopefully from a young age, we are opening up their eyes to that world,” she said. Dearbhla has also adopted a social cause as part of her campaign and plans to organise a charity run in aid of the ISPCC.Dearbhla has a strong passion for pageants and the platform they give to young women.It’s an all-round good experience, she says: “Pageants are an awful lot more than beauty. A lot of people look dimly upon it, especially males, who look at it in that light. Miss Universe Ireland is about empowering females. It’s about giving women a voice and letting them know they have a network of people around that will support them. It also builds your confidence.”The Miss Universe Ireland Final Show kicks off at 7.30pm this Thursday. The winner gains a once in a lifetime role as a goodwill Ambassador of Ireland at Miss Universe 2019, along with modelling opportunities and up to €70,000 in prizes.Quantity Surveyor Dearbhla swapping hard hats for heels in Miss Universe Final was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:constructionDearbhla Walshmiss universe ireland
An action-packed opening weekend of Little 4 Conference play, a big road win and duel up north highlighted week 6 of the Humboldt-Del Norte League football gauntlet.Let’s take a look at the teams, and players, which left their stamp on the midway point of the season.Ferndale outlasts ArcataIn what was the highest-scoring Little 4 game since the conference began play under its current format in 2018, Ferndale was able to outlast Arcata in a wild 45-38 win at the Redwood Bowl Friday night.The …
SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers are reviewing their pyrotechnic safety practices after a fan was hit by fireworks debris at Levi’s Stadium before the start of last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, officials said.According to a witness, and confirmed by the team, the fireworks were set off at the end of the national anthem, and a golf-ball-sized remnant fell out of the sky and hit a man in the shoulder. Kickoff was scheduled for 1:05 p.m. that day.The fan who was hit was …
1 September 2008A coalition of public and private organisations have launched Action for a Safe South Africa, a civil society initiative to address the context and factors that feed the cycle of crime in the country and to encourage South Africans to become part of the solution.The initiative hosted the first Action for a Safe South Africa convention at Vodaworld in Johannesburg last week. The four-day conference saw over 300 representatives of the country’s business community, civil society and government coming together to produce a manifesto and start working towards a practical implementation plan for a safe South Africa.The conference was attended by prominent leaders such as African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Cyril Ramaphosa, Graça Machel, wife of former president Nelson Mandela, businesswomen Cheryl Carolus and Wendy Luhabe, SA Human Rights Commission chairman Jody Kollapen, and Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.From enforcement to preventionAccording to Roelf Meyer, project leader for Action for a Safe South Africa, the country’s thinking, spending and action on crime needs to shift from security and enforcement to preventative strategies.Meyer, a former Cabinet minister who emerged as a key figure in the negotiations that led to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, says Action for a Safe South Africa “chooses the route of significant reduction of demand on the criminal justice system.”Addressing last week’s conference, Barbara Holtmann, a crime researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said a safer society was one that worked primarily on prevention, tackling the issues that gave rise to aberrant behaviour of all types. While enforcement was important, it was limited to dealing with the consequences, not the causes, of aberrant behaviour.Graça Machel told told the conference that Action for a Safe SA was the first movement she knew of that was focusing on safety, not crime.“If we are focused on crime, we can only be reactive to elements that are perpetrating crime,” Machel said. “But if we are focused on safety, we are proactive and we develop profound, holistic, comprehensive, and more importantly, constructive ways of addressing our problems.“This movement brings to the core that issues of safety are not only for police, or government and courts. But mostly for us and how we relate to each other, in our families, in our schools, in our communities and in our society.”‘We did it before – we can do it again’Cyril Ramaphosa echoed Machel, calling for a return to the strong community leadership of the early 1990s to tackle crime in the country.“‘There is no problem without a solution’ was what underpinned the negotiations around our constitution during the early 1990s,” he told the conference. “Today, 14 years later, we are called upon again to demonstrate that determination to overcome obstacles that are in our way.“We succeeded in 1994 because we had discovered the best in one another, because we were able to overcome evil,” Ramaphosa said. “We can do that again, to respond to the call to make South Africa safer, to struggle once again, to rediscover our leadership strengths, to stand up and be counted.”Breaking the cycle of crimeAccording to Barbara Holtmann, who is also vice-president of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime (headquartered in Canada), a combination of research and expert opinion helps to contextualise the cycle of crime and identify factors that trigger this cycle.“Interventions at any point in the cycle, such as ensuring all children attend school, thereby lowering the truancy rate, will positively affect the cycle outcome.”Each and every South African, she says, is going to have to stand up and play an active role in making the country safer. “It can start with something as small as deciding to not bribe the traffic officer when you get pulled over.”Action for a Safe South Africa is a collaborative effort of a range of organisations, including the CSIR, the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa), the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Security Studies, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and the International Marketing Council of South Africa.Safe South Africa charterThe Safe South Africa charter drawn up at the conference reads as follows:“Over the past four days, Action for a Safe South Africa (AFSSA) has grown from being a collaborative effort of a small group of organisations to being an explosive, organic and dynamic coalition of individual and collective activists who share a vision of a safe South Africa.“Crime and violence has already caused untold hardship, disruption and loss of life in our country. It jeopardises the foundations of our Democracy and undermines the principles that formed the basis of our transition to Democracy as embodied in our Constitution. Millions of our citizens live in continuous fear as a result of the climate of crime and violence.“We recognise that the social and economic transformation of the country is not nearly complete and that South Africans are still suffering economic deprivation. Whilst the correction of the said imbalances should be a common objective, crime and violence remain obstacles in the way of rectifying the socio-economic climate essential for allowing a better life for all.“Fixing the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is obviously an important goal for any society, yet we realise that it alone will not make us a safe society and unless we significantly reduce the demand on the CJS it will never be able to deliver justice for all.“We recognise the need for a practical and an achievable vision of a safe South Africa – a vision that encapsulates an ideal safe society. We know that realising this ideal will be lengthy process and we commit to working innovatively, cleverly and with resilience to realise the capacity, funding and structures to achieve this.“We aim to enable every South African to contribute to making South Africa safe through sustained science-based, inclusive partnerships and actions. We will not duplicate nor compete with any other initiative with similar or complementary objectives. We will strengthen each other through co-operation and the development of a critical mass of those who respect the rule of law and work constructively to build a safe society.“We commit ourselves to the practical implementation of a plan comprising of the specific outcomes of this Convention as outlined during the report-back session, by representatives of the eight working groups. These plans will be articulated in a book produced with ‘South Africa – The Good News’ and will be widely circulated to all those who so generously contributed over the last few days and to all those in South Africa who wish to participate and contribute in the future.“We have consulted and will continue to consult those whose contribution to this civil society initiative is essential. We mandate the organisers of this Convention to continue this consultation with those not represented at this Convention and in particular the Department of Social Development, the faith-based community, organised labour and other key sectors.“We ask the organisers to ensure that the required mechanism and capacity are in place to implement the plans we have developed, to secure the necessary funding and to report in writing to us and by reconvening an expanded Leadership Forum within a period of 75 days from this Convention.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) honored five American farmers and their fertilizer retail partners last week at the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, La. These 2016 4R Grower Advocates are dedicated to the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: using the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time, and in the right place. These practices help increase yields, improve soils, and enhance ecosystems. Each of the 2016 4R Advocate growers operate multi-generational family farms.“Our 4R Advocates really understand the value in implementing the 4R practices and have been excellent examples of how using these principles can help farmers be great businessmen and stewards of the environment,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “I am extremely pleased to honor their work, and I hope they serve as an example to all farmers that the 4R program can really benefit them for years to come.”These winners were awarded an expense-paid trip to the 2016 Commodity Classic, where they were honored at an awards banquet hosted by TFI. While at Commodity Classic, the advocates represented the 4R program at the trade show and participated in various interviews with media outlets. Throughout the year they will also be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote nutrient management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of 4Rs to their farming peers.The 2016 4R Grower and Retailer Advocates included Lowell and David Myerholtz, Myerholtz Farms, Gibonsburg, Ohio and John Fritz, CCA with The Andersons, Inc. Lowell and his son David operate Myerholtz Farms which consists of 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, located in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The farming operation incorporates strip tillage along with variable rate fertilizer application to promote a strong overall 4R Nutrient Management Program.
Green-construction contests not only can inspire innovation, they can inspire more green-construction contests.And that is a good thing. The drive among builders, architects, engineers, and, in some cases, homeowners to succeed in these competitions often results in structures that serve as both teaching tools and publicity magnets for green building.One recently launched contest, the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, features 18 builders competing to construct the most energy-efficient single-family and multifamily homes they can. One of many, similar initiatives that are administered by regional, ratepayer-funded energy conservation programs, the Challenge officially began in May.Contestants have until December 1, 2010, to complete their projects and earn a shot at the $15,000 grand prize, the $10,000 second-place prize, and the $5,000 third-place award.The dwellings range in size from the 600-sq.-ft. one-bedroom units being built by Green Planet Options for the Guilford Housing Authority to a 4,944-sq.-ft. five-bedroom being constructed in New Canaan by BPC Green Builders. In fact, while all contestants are striving for very high degrees of energy efficiency, many of the homes are big by the usual standards of green.Of the projects whose specifications are available, five top 4,000 sq. ft., two weigh in at just over 3,500 sq. ft., six are between 2,000 and 2,900 sq. ft., and three fall below the 2,000-sq.-ft. mark. One of the projects, a 2,690-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, has been designed and is being built by its owners, Karann and Jeremy Schaller, who have been documenting progress on the house in a blog.Participants receive $500 toward the cost of a HERS index rating, which will be used to determine the winners. The competition results will be announced on December 8, 2010.